NOTEWORTHY NEWS; Pioneering Cellist to Head Wheaton College

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NORTON, MASS.

Wheaton's board of trustees has appointed Dr. Ronald Crutcher, provost of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as the seventh president of Wheaton College. In taking Wheaton's highest post, Crutcher becomes the first African American to lead the national liberal arts college. It will be the latest pioneering role for the cellist who has achieved national recognition in the classical chamber music field, an area in which African Americans have been largely absent.

"From the beginning of the search process we have sought a leader of vision, intellectual vitality and exceptional energy to serve as Wheaton's seventh president," said Patricia A. King, chair of the board of trustees. "In Dr. Crutcher we have found that person. The board of trustees has unanimously agreed that his remarkable leadership experience and his accomplishments will allow him to capitalize on the college's extraordinary momentum to sustain and reinforce Wheaton's distinctive character and fulfill its vision and potential."

Crutcher's appointment as president begins July 15. …