Ronald A. Crutcher
Born to two parents who never graduated high school, Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher grew up to become a leader at the highest levels of academia and the arts. As a child musician, he met with Coretta Scott King. As an adult educator, he sat at Maya Angelou’s holiday table.
But it is Dr. Crutcher’s success as a Black intellectual steering through highly charged social issues that makes his story both unforgettable and urgently important, and he joins us to share some lessons as captured in his memoir I Had No Idea You Were Black: Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership. He relates how he navigated “cancel culture” at the University of Richmond, where he serves as President in the heart of the former Confederacy, and how he taught Northeast liberals the true meaning of functional diversity during his time as President of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Don’t miss this compelling presentation that offers lessons on life and leadership while bridging America’s cultural divides.
Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher is a national leader in higher education and a distinguished classical musician and Professor of Music. He became President and Professor of Music at the University of Richmond in 2015. Previously, he served for ten years as President of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He is a former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and sits on the board of the Richmond Symphony.