A message from the Board of Trustees
Posted on May 30, 2013
From Thomas J. Hollister
Chair, Board of Trustees
I am following up on President Crutcher's announcement of his decision to step down as President of Wheaton College at the end of the next academic year, June 30, 2014. Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to chair the committee that recruited President Crutcher to Wheaton. When we selected our new President, we had no idea how fortunate Wheaton would be, or what a wonderful President he would become. President Crutcher will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank him for his remarkable tenure and many contributions.
The goals that we set for his presidency—in consultation with the college community in 2003-04—centered on our shared desire to strengthen Wheaton by building on its distinctive liberal arts curriculum, enhancing its academic reputation in the wider world and fully enlisting the active support of our extended community.
Wheaton has made enormous strides forward in those areas thanks to President Crutcher's dedication to advancing the college. So much has been accomplished under his tenure:
‣ The college's reach and reputation has been enhanced and extended in large part due to President Crutcher's national stature and the manner in which he has tirelessly told the Wheaton story.
‣ Wheaton continues to be pedagogically innovative, offering a vibrant, inventive and evolving curriculum taught by an exceptionally talented and committed faculty.
‣ Our students give Wheaton high marks in national polls that measure student engagement.
‣ The faculty praises the intellectual capacity of the students, who have never been more diverse or accomplished with national and international awards, scholarships and fellowships.
‣ The incoming class of 2017 is expected to be the third largest in the school's history.
‣ The college's campus has never offered more or looked better, including excitement generated by the new Mars Science Center and new Diane C. Nordin '80 Turf Field.
‣ The alumnae/i are proud of their college and support it financially at unsurpassed levels in the annual Wheaton Fund drives.
‣ The college has raised more money in the "Go Beyond" capital campaign than any campaign in its history, and has already surpassed its original $120 million target.
‣ The administration comprises an exceptionally talented group of vice presidents.
‣ An inventive and dedicated staff has consistently enabled the college to respond to new opportunities while sustaining myriad critical services and systems.
‣ The school has been guided with a steady and determined hand during one of the most challenging eras in the history of higher education.
President Crutcher has led our college with great success, grace, integrity and devotion. The Trustees are most grateful for his leadership and thankful for his contributions. A year from now, he will leave his successor with an institution benefitting from the momentum of success and full of promise.
I am pleased to announce that Nancy Conger, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and a graduate of the Class of '67, will chair the search committee. Nancy has been an active member of the Wheaton community for many years with Alumnae/i Association activities, fundraising and board service. She is a wonderful leader with a deep devotion to the school. The committee will be composed of trustees, faculty, staff and students and will begin its work this summer. You will hear directly from Nancy as the committee's work unfolds. I know she plans for the committee to reach out to the broad Wheaton community for advice and counsel on their important undertaking.
In the coming year we look forward to finding ways to thank and honor President Crutcher for his service to Wheaton. We also look forward to thanking Betty Neal Crutcher, who is a wonderful supporter of the college, an exceptional ambassador to the community, a friend to graduates of all classes and a mentor to hundreds of students. I can share with you that the Trustees are planning to announce a new trustee-led effort as part of the capital campaign to raise endowed scholarship funds for the college in the coming year in honor of Ron and Betty, with an opportunity for all donors to participate.