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Higher Education Presentations and Lectures

Remarks at Global Forum on "Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Community: A Democratic Imperitive," LUMSA University, Rome, Italy: June 15, 2017.

Keynote Address, Innsbrook Rotary, Richmond, Va.: May 11, 2017.

"Toward a Thriving and Inclusive Community at Richmond," Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony, University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.: March 31, 2017.

Welcome Remarks at Hope in the Cities Breakfast, University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.: Feb. 8, 2017.

R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence, Richmond, Va.: Nov. 7, 2016.

"As Long as there is a Dream in the Heart: MLK, the Movement, and Music," University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.: Jan. 18, 2016.

“What Leaders Can Learn from National and State Advocacy Efforts for Liberal Education, the Liberal Arts, and Educational Quality,” Forum for Presidents and Foundation Leaders, AAC&U Centennial Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Jan. 22, 2015.

Co-Presenter: “Building Faculty Leadership for Liberal Education,” AAC&U Presidents Trust in Washington, D.C.: April 30, 2012.

Co-Facilitator: The Seminar for New Presidents, Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards: April 22, 2012.

Co-Presenter with President John MacArdle: “The Residential College Community in the 21st Century,” “The Future of Liberal Arts Colleges” at Lafayette College:  April 11, 2012.

Discussion Facilitator: “For Democracy's Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission,” White House Conference sponsored by the Department of Education:  Jan. 8, 2012.

Workshop Co-Facilitator: “Symposium on the Future of the Humanities,” CIC Presidents Institute, Marco Island, Florida: Jan. 5, 2012.

Lecture: “Higher Education for Democracy: Developing Capacities for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement on Campus,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin: Nov. 17, 2011.

Plenary Session: “Fluency Across the Boundaries: A Compelling Case for the Humanities in the 21st Century,” ACAD/Phi Beta Kappa Conference in Charleston, SC: Nov. 11, 2011.

Moderator: “How Should We Prepare Today's Students for a Daunting Global Environment,” Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California: Jan. 28, 2011.

Facilitator and Panelist: ACE Advancing to the Presidency Seminar in Washington, D.C.: Oct. 18–19, 2010.

Lecture: “Liberal Education and America’s Promise: UNCG New General Education Curriculum,” University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Sept. 9, 2010.

Lecture: “Beethoven and the Schuppanizigh Quartet,” Distinguished Lecture Series in Greensboro, Vermont: Aug. 11, 2010.

Panelist: “Institutional Responses: Improving, Assessing, and Demonstrating Student Learning,” ACE Transatlantic Dialogue at New York University: June 27, 2010.

Discussion Facilitator for Presidents’ Session: “Learning Outcomes-An Escalating Priority,” Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education in Phoenix, Ariz.: March 7, 2010.

Opening Plenary Session Speaker: “Achieving Ambitious Goals for College Completion and for the Quality of Learning,” at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Jan. 21, 2010.

Moderator: “Media Perspectives on Higher Education,” CIC Presidents Institute, Marco Island, Florida: Jan. 5, 2010.

Discussion Facilitator: “Supporting Innovation in the Current Economy,” TIAA-CREF Leadership Institute in New York City, NY: Nov. 5, 2009.

Select Publications

“How to Leave (A Legacy),” The Presidency (Summer 2014), pp. 22–23.

“The Intercultural Connection: Students and the Liberal Arts,” in Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts, Rebecca Chopp, Susan Frost, Daniel H. Weiss, Editors. Johns Hopkins University Press: 2013 (pp. 180–185).

“Entrepreneurial Spirit Required,” Berklee Today: Spring 2013.

“Fluency Across the Boundaries:  A Case for Liberal Education in the 21st Century,” The Presidency (Winter 2011), pp. 16–21.

“Strategic Growth for Challenging Times.” Leadership in the Great Recession, 2009/2010 Presidential Perspectives Series published by Aramark Higher Education, Chapter 5, pp. 1–5.

“My Unintentional Road to the Presidency,” Special Supplement to The Presidency (Winter 2008), page 17.

“Spiraling Through the Glass Ceiling: Seven Critical Lessons for Negotiating a Leadership Position in Higher Education,” Liberal Education, Vol. 92, No. 3 (Summer 2006), pp. 14–21.

"An Ear for Leadership," The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol. 51, Issue 17 (December 2004), page B5.

Commencement & Other Addresses

Inaugural Address: University of Richmond in Richmond, Va.: Oct. 30, 2015.

Commencement Speaker: Muhlenberg College in Muhlenberg, Pa.: May 17, 2015.

Commencement Speaker and Performer: Boston Arts Academy at Symphony Hall in Boston, Mass.: June 10, 2011.

Commencement Speaker: Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment: June 26, 2010.

Cum Laude Speaker: The Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Mass.: April 20, 2010.

Commencement Speaker: Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio: June 3, 2007.

President Ronald A. Crutcher's Memoir

President Crutcher's memoir, “I Had No Idea You Were Black: Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership,” will be published in February 2021 by Clyde Hill Publishing. Read an excerpt on UR Now

University of Richmond Magazine essays

A strong ensembleBalance, cooperation, service, and commitment to a common purpose define Richmond’s response. Read More
A better futureDuring the summer, President Crutcher sent a message to alumni about the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd. The following is an excerpt. Read More
Competing perspectivesWe must push our students — and ourselves — to understand and consider viewpoints different than our own. Read More
Early to risePresident Crutcher reflects on his 5 a.m. start to each day, how he spends his time, and why he does it. Read More
Sunday morningsPresident Crutcher reflects on how the community that nurtured him as a young man influences how he leads the University of Richmond. Read More
The path we walk togetherThe university is great today because of the loyal support of generations of Spiders. Read More
A challenging call

Our sometimes uncomfortable past can lead to conversations that point to ways forward.

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An unfiltered view

One of the most important reasons I mentor is that it helps me better understand our students’ perspectives and needs.

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On the roadThoughts from a year of travel meeting and talking about Spiders Read More
A better pathUniversities have an important role in how we talk to and differ from each other. Read More
The value propositionSome of my most consequential financial decisions have involved recognizing true value. Read More
On labelsHow others see us can have a profound effect on how we see ourselves. Read More
On listeningThe importance of listening as a strategy for engaging meaningfully with one another. Read More
Academic excellence, in their own words
President Crutcher talks with faculty about the ideas that inspire them.
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On selflessnessSelflessness is less about what we do as a society than about who we are. Read More