Ronald A. Crutcher, President, Wheaton College
Ronald A. Crutcher was named the seventh president of Wheaton College by the college's board of trustees on March 23, 2004. He took office on July 15, 2004.
Crutcher came to Wheaton from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of music. In his five years at Miami, Crutcher coordinated the First in 2009 strategic vision process for the university, established the Center for American and World Cultures, led the revamping of the first-year experience to intensify its academic rigor, and played a key role in securing a $5 million gift from an alumnus to establish a new Institute for Ethical Leadership.
Prior to Miami, he served as director of the School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Earlier, he was vice president of academic affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Music and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Beyond his leadership responsibilities at Wheaton, Crutcher is currently the vice chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He also has served as a board member to numerous arts and educational organizations, including the Fulbright Association.
As an active musician, Crutcher is currently a member of the Klemperer Trio, which performs regularly in this country and Europe. He previously was a member of the Chanticleer String Quartet for many years, and toured the Soviet Union in 1988 with that group. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 1985 and has several recordings to his credit. His publications include journal articles on chamber music, valuing cultural diversity in the arts, and black classical music.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, Crutcher pursued graduate studies at Yale University as a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow. In 1979 he was the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale. The recipient of a Fulbright award, Crutcher studied music in Germany.