Ronald A. Crutcher is a national leader in higher education, a distinguished classical musician and an accomplished administrator, president of the University of Richmond, where he also is a professor of music.
Crutcher was president of Wheaton College from 2004–2014. Prior to Wheaton, he was Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University of Ohio.
A former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and several other symphonies, he currently performs in the U.S. and Europe as a member of The Klemperer Trio with Erika Klemperer (violin) and Gordon Back (piano). He serves on the board of the Richmond Symphony and has served on the boards of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Berklee College of Music. Earlier in his career he was president of Chamber Music America, director of the highly ranked Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and dean of the Conservatory at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Crutcher was the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale, where he also earned his master’s degree. During his graduate study, he received a Fulbright Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, he has received honorary degrees from Wheaton College, Colgate University and Muhlenberg College.