Dr. Ronald Andrew Crutcher

  • Professor, University of Richmond: July 2015–present
  • President, University of Richmond: July 2015–August 2021
  • President, Wheaton College: July 2004–July 2014
  • Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Miami University: July 1999–2004
  • Director, School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin: August 1994–July 1999
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Conservatory, The Cleveland Institute of Music: July 1990–July 1994
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Faculty Development and Instruction, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: June 1989–June 1990; Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNC at Greensboro: June 1988–May 1989; Coordinator of the String Area, UNC at Greensboro School of Music: 1984–1988
  • Head, String Program, Wittenberg University School of Music: January 1977–July 1979
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  • Education

    Yale University: School of Music
    Doctor of Musical Arts
    Master of Musical Arts

    Miami University of Ohio
    Bachelor of Music, cum laude

    Fulbright Fellowship for study in West Germany
    Lucy G. Moses Fellowship, Charles H. Ditson, Frances K. Tapp, and Yale School of Music Fellow, Yale University
    Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellow
    Woodrow Wilson Fellow

  • Faculty Appointments and Courses Taught

    Faculty Appointments

    • Professor of Music, University of Richmond: 2015–
    • Professor of Music, Wheaton College: 2004–14
    • Professor of Music, Miami University: 1999–2004
    • The Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair in Music, The University of Texas at Austin: 1998–99
    • The Marie and Joseph D. Jamail, Sr. Regents Professor in Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin: August 1994–98
    • Member of the Cello and Chamber Music Faculties, The Cleveland Institute of Music: 1990–94
    • Associate Professor and Coordinator of the String Area, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: 1984–88
    • Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: 1979–1984
    • Assistant Professor and Head of the String Program, Wittenberg University: 1977–79
    • Cello Instructor and Resident Cellist, American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria): Summer 1976
    • Cello Instructor, Bonn School of Music (West Germany): 1973–76
    • Teaching Assistant to Aldo Parisot, Yale University: 1970–72

    Courses Taught

    • African-American Music
    • Applied Cello
    • Chamber Music (performance)
    • Chamber Music Literature
    • First-Year Seminar: From the River of Jordan to Jazz and Beyond
    • Introduction to Music Literature
    • Music History: The American Scene
    • Music Appreciation
    • Sight-Singing and Dictation
    • String Pedagogy
    • String Class Methods
  • Select Publications

    Select Higher Education Publications

    “How to Leave (A Legacy),” The Presidency (Summer 2014), pp. 22–23.

    “The Intercultural Connection: Students and the Liberal Arts,” in Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts, Rebecca Chopp, Susan Frost, Daniel H. Weiss, Editors. Johns Hopkins University Press: 2013 (pp. 180–185).

    “Entrepreneurial Spirit Required,” Berklee Today: Spring 2013.

    “Fluency Across the Boundaries: A Case for Liberal Education in the 21st Century,” The Presidency (Winter 2011), pp. 16–21.

    “Strategic Growth for Challenging Times.” Leadership in the Great Recession, 2009/2010 Presidential Perspectives Series published by Aramark Higher Education, Chapter 5, pp. 1–5.

    “My Unintentional Road to the Presidency,” Special Supplement to The Presidency (Winter 2008), page 17.

    “Spiraling Through the Glass Ceiling: Seven Critical Lessons for Negotiating a Leadership Position in Higher Education,” Liberal Education, Vol. 92, No. 3 (Summer 2006), pp. 14–21.

    Select Academic Publications

    “CMA Notes,” Presidential columns for Chamber Music: Vol. 13, No. 4 (1996); Vol. 14, Nos. 1 & 4 (1997); Vol. 15, No. 5 (1998); and Vol. 16, No. 4 (1999).

    “The Chamber Music of African-American Composers,” American String Teacher, Vol. 45, No.4 (Fall 1995): pp. 71–73.

    “The Impact of Primary Change Agents: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Proceedings of the 68th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, June 1993: pp. 6–12.

    “All in One System Case Study: Erika," Proceedings of The 67th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, June, 1992: pp. 39–43.

    “Valuing Cultural Diversity in the Arts,” in Toward the End of the Century: Cross-Cultural and Minority Perspectives, CMS Report No. 8: 1993, pp. 37–41.

    “Music Alive 1990!: Chamber Music of African-American Composers,” Chamber Music, VIII (Spring 1991): pp. 22–25; 59.

    “As Long as There is a Dream: Aspects of the Cultural Memory of African Slaves,” Commemorative Program for the National Black Arts Festival 1990, pp. 35–36.

    “Some Aspects of Cello Technique for the Violinist," National School Orchestra Association Bulletin, XXVIII/4 (June 1986): page 5.

    Reviews of cello music, American String Teacher, XXXV/4 (Autumn 1985): page 86.

    Three articles for Symphony Orchestras of the United States: Selected Profiles (Greenwood Press), 1986: pp. 284–287; 290–292.

    “From the Nest Egg to the Frying Pan: Beethoven and the Schuppanzigh Quartet,” Chamber Music Quarterly (Fall 1983): 17–21.

    “Cellos Equal Rowell” The 1983 Margaret Rowell Cello Workshop, American String Teacher, XXXIII/4 (Fall 1983): pp. 21–22.

    “Beethoven and the Schuppanzigh Quartet,” String Vibrations, X/3 (May 1983): pp. 23–33.

    “Report: The 1982 Margaret Rowell Cello Workshop,” North Carolina ASTA Newsletter, 9/2 (February 1983): page 5.

  • Select Honors and Awards
    • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Muhlenberg College: 2015
    • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Wheaton College (Mass.): 2014
    • The Posse Star, Posse Foundation: 2012
    • Ellen S. Jackson Award for Excellence in Education, Freedom House (Boston, Mass.): 2012
    • Honorary Doctor of Music, Colgate University: 2010
    • Ian Mininberg Distinguished Alumni Award, Yale University School of Music: 2009
    • Father of the Year Award, Father’s Day Council of Boston and the American Diabetes Association: 2006
    • Presidential Medal of Honor, University of Cordoba (Spain): 2005
    • Phi Kappa Phi Centennial Excellence Award, The University of Texas at Austin: 1997
  • Select Performances and Recordings

    Solo Performances

    European Debut in Bonn, West Germany. Numerous performances in West Germany, England, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Brazil.

    Carnegie Hall debut in 1985. American appearances in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and North Carolina.


    Sweet Chariot: Compact disk of chamber works by composer, Alvin Singleton. Track 2, Argoru II for Solo Violoncello. Albany Records 2014.

    Shadings: Compact disk recording with Kristen Wolfe Jensen, bassoonist. Austin, Texas in 1999.

    Sonata for Violoncello and Piano op.6 by Samuel Barber. Recorded with pianist Albert Hirsch by the Austrian Broadcasting company in August 1976.

    Be Natural by Alvin Singleton (for three optional string instruments). Recorded by the Hessian Broadcasting Company in Frankfurt, West Germany in July 1974.

    Argoru II for Solo Violoncello by Alvin Singleton. Recorded by the Austrian Broadcasting Company in May 1974.

    Select Chamber Music

    The Klemperer Trio (formerly the Jubilee Trio): 1980–

    The Cleveland Chamber Players, 1992–94

    Chanticleer String Quartet: in residence during the summer at the Chanticleer Farm Chamber Music Festival in Indiana: 1977–92. Tour of the Soviet Union, September 1988

    UNC-Greensboro Piano Trio: 1980–87

    Orchestral Experience

    Principal Cello, St. Stephen’s Chamber Orchestra: 1982–1988

    Associate Principal Cello, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: 1979–1986

    Principal Cello, Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra: 1977–79

    Principal Cello, Chur Coelnisches Chamber Orchestra (Bonn, West Germany): 1973–74

    Principal Cello, Collegium Musicum Orchestra (Bonn, West Germany): 1973–75

    Cellist in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Summer Seasons, 1969–72

  • Select Lectures, Panels, and Presentations

    Higher Education Issues

    “What Leaders Can Learn from National and State Advocacy Efforts for Liberal Education, the Liberal Arts, and Educational Quality,” Forum for Presidents and Foundation Leaders, AAC&U Centennial Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Jan. 22, 2015.

    Co-Presenter: “Building Faculty Leadership for Liberal Education,” AAC&U Presidents Trust in Washington, D.C.: April 30, 2012.

    Co-Facilitator: The Seminar for New Presidents, Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards: April 22, 2012.

    Co-Presenter with President John MacArdle: “The Residential College Community in the 21st Century,” “The Future of Liberal Arts Colleges” at Lafayette College: April 11, 2012.

    Discussion Facilitator: “For Democracy’s Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission,” White House Conference sponsored by the Department of Education: Jan. 8, 2012.

    Workshop Co-Facilitator: “Symposium on the Future of the Humanities,” CIC Presidents Institute, Marco Island, Florida: Jan. 5, 2012.

    Lecture: “Higher Education for Democracy: Developing Capacities for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement on Campus,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin: Nov. 17, 2011.

    Plenary Session: “Fluency Across the Boundaries: A Compelling Case for the Humanities in the 21st Century,” ACAD/Phi Beta Kappa Conference in Charleston, SC: Nov. 11, 2011.

    Moderator: “How Should We Prepare Today’s Students for a Daunting Global Environment,” Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California: Jan. 28, 2011.

    Facilitator and Panelist: ACE Advancing to the Presidency Seminar in Washington, D.C.: Oct. 18–19, 2010.

    Lecture: “Liberal Education and America’s Promise: UNCG New General Education Curriculum,” University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Sept. 9, 2010.

    Lecture: “Beethoven and the Schuppanizigh Quartet,” Distinguished Lecture Series in Greensboro, Vermont: Aug. 11, 2010.

    Panelist: “Institutional Responses: Improving, Assessing, and Demonstrating Student Learning,” ACE Transatlantic Dialogue at New York University: June 27, 2010.

    Discussion Facilitator for Presidents’ Session: “Learning Outcomes-An Escalating Priority,” Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education in Phoenix, Ariz.: March 7, 2010.

    Opening Plenary Session Speaker: “Achieving Ambitious Goals for College Completion and for the Quality of Learning,” at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Jan. 21, 2010.

    Moderator: “Media Perspectives on Higher Education,” CIC Presidents Institute, Marco Island, Florida: Jan. 5, 2010.

    Discussion Facilitator: “Supporting Innovation in the Current Economy,” TIAA-CREF Leadership Institute in New York City, NY: Nov. 5, 2009.

    Music Education

    Keynote Speaker: “Toward the New Millennium: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” 13th Annual Music Education Symposium at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, San Juan: April 1997.

    Keynote Speaker: “In a Word, Now: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Juilliard School, Alumni Weekend: January 1997.

    Co-Moderator at NASM Forum: “The Value of Music Study,” NASM Annual Meeting, Dallas: November 1996.

    Lecture: “Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Austin District Music Teachers Association: November 1996.

    Lecture: “NASM Accreditation Issues,” Regional Meeting of the Texas Association of Music Schools, Seguin: November 1996.

    Lecture for Arts Leadership Program: “The Future of Music Schools in America,” Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.: October 1996.

    Three Presentations as a Teacher-Trainer for Chamber Music America Educator/Ensemble Seminar: “Defining Chamber Music Education,” “Curriculum: What is Being Taught?,” “Developing Local Chamber Music Festivals and Workshops.” Oberlin College Conservatory of Music: Oct. 24–27, 1996.

    Chamber Music America: Chamber Music Residency Training Seminar, “Strategies for Negotiating University Bureaucracy;” New York, N.Y.: June 1996.

    Panel Moderator: “Building Bridges to New Communities,” CMA Annual Conference; New York, N.Y.: January 1996.

    Lecture Series (four lectures): “Chamber Music: A Music for all Seasons,” UT, Division of Continuing Education: September and October 1995.

    Lecture: “The African American Musical Tradition,” The University of Texas at Austin Division of Continuing Education-LAMP (Learning Activities for Mature Persons): October 1995.

    Southwest ASTA Summer String Conference, “The Role of Chamber Music in String Teaching,” Austin: June 1995.

    “Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Indiana State University: April 1995.

    Panel Presenter: “Americanizing the Music Curriculum,” Annual Meeting of the College Music Society: Savannah, Ga.: October 1994.

    Panel Presenter and Moderator: “Minority Access to Music Study: Ages 3–18,” Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, Boston, Mass.: November 1994.

    Symposium Panel: “Options for African-American Composers,” and Performance of Alvin Singleton’s Argoru II, 1994 Unisys African-American Composers Forum and Symposium, Detroit, Mich.: April 7–9, 1994.

    “Orientation: Setting the Agenda for a Life in Music,” Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, San Francisco, Calif.: November 1993.

    “Transforming the Music Curriculum: A Holistic Approach”: Bicentennial Convention, Pi Kappa Lambda; Cincinnati, Ohio: October 1993.

    Panel Moderator: “Toward the Twenty-first Century: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Annual Meeting of the College Music Society; Minneapolis, Minn.: October 1993.

    Commencement and Other Addresses

    Commencement Speaker: Muhlenberg College: May 17, 2015.

    Commencement Speaker and Performer: Boston Arts Academy at Symphony Hall in Boston: June 10, 2011.

    Commencement Speaker: Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment: June 26, 2010.

    Cum Laude Speaker: The Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Mass.: April 20, 2010.

    Commencement Speaker: Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio: June 3, 2007.

  • Board Service

    Service to Education

    Co-Chair of the National Leadership Council, Association of American Colleges and Universities’ LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) Campaign: 2006–

    Board of Directors, American Council on Education: 2007–10; Secretary: 2009–10; Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee: 2009

    Chair: Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM): 2013–14

    National Advisory Council, The Cornish College of the Arts: April 2012–

    Posse Foundation National Board: 2006–

    Board of Trustees, Berklee College of Music: 2005–14

    Executive Committee, Council on Academic Affairs-National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges: 2001–04

    The Fulbright Association: 1998–2002

    Board of Trustees, Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts (Cleveland, Ohio): 1991–94; Chair, Nominating Committee: 1991–93; Executive Committee: 1991–94: Chair, Music Department Advisory Committee: 1993–94

    Service to the Performing Arts

    Board of Overseers, Boston Symphony Orchestra: 2013–2015

    Board of Advisors, The Sphinx Organization: 2003–

    Board, The Cincinnati Opera Association: 2001–04

    International Trustee, The Musical Arts Association (The Cleveland Orchestra): 1996–

    Board of Trustees, The Cavani Quartet: 1994–

    Board of Trustees, Austin Symphony Orchestra: 1994–99; Executive Committee: 1994–99

    Board of Directors, Chamber Music America: 1993–2001; Vice President: 1994–96; President: 1996-2000

    Board of Trustees, The Musical Arts Association (The Cleveland Orchestra): 1993–96

    Board of Advisors, The Harlem Spiritual Ensemble (New York City): 1993–96

    Corporate Board Service

    Board of Overseers, WGBH (Boston): 2011–13

    Board of Governors, The Tournament Players Club of Boston: 2006–14

    Bucyrus International, Board of Directors, 2004–08