2004 - 2014

Ronald A. Crutcher

Ronald A. Crutcher was named the seventh president of Wheaton College on March 23, 2004. He came from Miami University in Oxford, OH, where he served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and was a professor of music. In his five years at Miami, Dr. Crutcher coordinated the “First in 2009” strategic 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 establishing a new Institute for Ethical Leadership.

President Crutcher led a strategic planning process that engaged the entire Wheaton community in envisioning the components necessary for continued leadership in the liberal arts for the 21st century. The strategic plan, Wheaton 2014: Transforming Lives to Change the World, was unanimously approved by the board of trustees in October of 2006.

President Crutcher announced the public phase of a capital campaign, Go Beyond, in late 2010 to support the Science Center, student scholarships and the annual fund.