Ronald Crutcher

Ronald A. Crutcher is the seventh and the current President of Wheaton College (Massachusetts). He was named the president by the college Board of Trustees on March 23, 2004 and took office on July 15, 2004.

Early life

Ronald A. Crutcher is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, where he gradutaed "cum laude". He 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, he is fluent in German and studied music in that country at the University of Bonn.


President 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, Dr. 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 (1994-99). Earlier he was vice president of academic affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Music (1990-94), and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1987-90).

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