University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher Receives Resolution Honoring His Leadership at UR and in Higher Education

June 15, 2021

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher was presented with a House Joint Resolution Monday afternoon honoring him as a distinguished leader at UR and in higher education.

The resolution was presented by Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg, Virginia House of Delegates, 72nd District. VanValkenburg is a UR alum.  

“I want to thank Dr. Ronald Crutcher for his years of service as president of the University of Richmond,” said Delegate VanValkenburg. “As an alumnus, I am proud to see the University’s growth under Dr. Crutcher’s leadership. His commitment to raising the University’s academic profile, increasing alumni engagement, and creating a strategic plan rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and affordability has made the University of Richmond a national leader in higher education. I wish him and his wife, Betty, the very best on their next chapter.”

House Joint Resolution NO. 696 honoring Crutcher, which can be read in full here, was passed by both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate earlier this year.

The resolution recognizes President Crutcher for his outstanding service and leadership both as president of UR for more than five years and in higher education generally.

“As the first African American president of the University of Richmond, Ronald Crutcher emphasized the institution's commitment to fighting racism and sexism wherever it was present, championed free expression and civil debate, and promoted diversity and inclusivity by hiring more women and people of color,” the resolution notes. 

The resolution also highlights Crutcher for his work to increase engagement with UR alumni, leading to record levels of philanthropy during his tenure, develop an office to support students applying for national grants and fellowships, and create a strategic communications division to raise the institution's reputation and profile nationally.

Crutcher will conclude his term as the 10th president of the University of Richmond in August. Additional information about Crutcher’s legacy can be found here.