Ronald A. Crutcher has announced his intention to step down as president of the University of Richmond with the goal of the next president taking office no later than July 1, 2022. Following a sabbatical, Dr. Crutcher will return to the faculty as a university professor.
“As I considered the great disruption and challenges facing higher education due to the pandemic, and contemplated what would best ensure the success of a future presidential search and our institutional momentum, I decided that it was important for the University to have as much time as possible to effectively identify and recruit the next president,” President Crutcher said in a letter to the campus community.
Dr. Crutcher became the tenth president of the University of Richmond in 2015. He also serves as a professor of music at the university. Before becoming president of the university, Dr. Crutcher was the co-chair of Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Crutcher was president of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Earlier, he was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University in Ohio.
Dr. Crutcher is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in music from Yale University. He was the first cellist to earn a doctorate of musical arts degree from Yale.