Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Ronald Crutcher

President Ronald Crutcher accepted an honorary degree from Colgate University during the institution’s 189th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 16.

University officials cited President Crutcher‘s commitments to the arts and education in awarding the degree. The citation for the honorary doctorate read in part:

A respected leader in higher education, you came to Wheaton from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where you were provost and executive vice president for academic affairs as well as professor of music. At Wheaton, you have engaged your campus community in a strategic planning process that articulates a vision for liberal arts in the 21st century through the lens of a Wheaton education.

At the same time, you have focused on the bigger picture of the future of higher education through your contributions to the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Berklee College of Music Board of Trustees, and The Posse Foundation. Your work on Liberal Education and America’s Promise, the national campaign to demonstrate the value of liberal education, is helping to ensure this model of education remains relevant to students today and tomorrow.

You have talked about the importance of developing not only leaders but lovers of the arts. In an interview…you once said, “Every artist, musician or theater student ought to have a mission to play their role in developing audiences for the future — not just so they will have a job but because of what art can do to lift the human spirit and to improve the human condition.”

“I’m deeply appreciative of this honor,” President Crutcher said. “This honorary degree from Colgate University, which is also committed to the value of a liberal education, is a reflection of Wheaton’s reputation for excellence in the liberal arts.”

He was joined on the dais by several other distinguished guests being honored by Colgate, including philosopher and University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum, who delivered the commencement address; the Rev. Roger Ferlo ’73,  associate dean and professor of religion at Virginia Theological Seminary; and university  trustee Daniel Benton ’80, chairman and CEO of Andor Capital Management.