President Crutcher's Legacy

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Ronald A. Crutcher was appointed president of the University of Richmond in 2015, becoming UR’s 10th president. He previously served as president of Wheaton College from 2004–2014. He was the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale, where he also earned his master’s. He earned his undergraduate from Miami University. Crutcher will step down as UR's president this summer.

Crutcher with CelloDuring his tenure, President Crutcher has raised the academic profile of the University, focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and affordability, and embraced free speech and civil discourse. He is a respected voice in higher education, serving as chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education as well as on other boards and task forces. Crutcher began studying cello at the age of 14. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 1985 and was the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale University. He currently performs in the U.S. and Europe as a member of The Klemperer Trio and serves on the board of the Richmond Symphony.

 Under Crutcher’s leadership the University of Richmond has achieved the following:

  • Enhanced resources available to faculty, including programs focused on academic leadership and the creation of the Teaching and Scholarship Hub.
  • The creation of the Office of Scholars and Fellowships and the growing record of students’ success in securing prestigious national awards.
  • An increased national reputation for academic excellence as evidenced by the University’s highest ever U.S. News & World Report ranking of 22 among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges for 2021.
  • Important attention to developing and implementing strategies to ensure greater diversity and a more inclusive community, as detailed in the University’s Making Excellence Inclusive initiative.
  • A more diverse faculty, with 36% of hires in the last five years being persons of color or international and 42% being women.
  • Increased pride among UR alumni, who are more actively engaging with the University and contributing to historic levels of fundraising success.
  • Outstanding new facilities for well-being and Athletics.
  • Renovations of academic facilities in the arts and in the humanities, including an expansion to Ryland Hall to develop a center for the humanities.

Additional information about Crutcher's legacy is detailed here.