The University of Richmond has named the former president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts as its new president to succeed Edward Ayers, who is retiring on June 30, 2015.
Sixty-eight year old Ronald Andrew Crutcher has been a distinguished college administrator at a diverse range of institutions, the first cellist to receive a doctorate at Yale University, and will be the first African-American to serve as president of the University of Richmond.
At Wheaton, he led the largest capital improvement campaign ever, before retiring last year to spend more time with his music.
He was a music educator early in his career, performed with the Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra and more recently with a chamber ensemble.
He is outspoken on rights issues and says he is drawn to institutions committed to "realizing the transformative power of education for both individuals and society,” and that Richmond does that very well.