RICHMOND, Va. -- University of Richmond President Ronald Crutcher announced Wednesday his intention to step down in 2022.
“As I considered the great disruption and challenges facing higher education due to the pandemic, and contemplated what would best ensure the success of a future presidential search and our institutional momentum, I decided that it was important for the University to have as much time as possible to effectively identify and recruit the next president,” Crutcher said in a letter to alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
Following a sabbatical to Germany, Crutcher will return to the faculty as a university professor.
“The Board is extraordinarily grateful for the thoughtful manner in which President Crutcher has approached his decision, announcing his plans now to ensure time for a successful presidential search in this challenging national and global climate,” said Paul B. Queally, the board’s rector. “As he indicated to the Board, the University’s momentum of recent years is too important to risk interrupting, and we fully agree.”
The Board will begin the search for the University’s next president this fall and will soon establish a search committee to identify and recommend candidates.
The goal is for the next president to take office no later than July 1, 2022.
Crutcher has served as President of the university since 2015.