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UR names new president

Crutcher was president of Wheaton College for 10 years
UPDATE: FEB. 23, 11:40 A.M. – The Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond announced today that is has elected Ronald Andrew Crutcher as the institution’s 10th president. Crutcher will take office on July 1.

Crutcher, the president emeritus of Wheaton College in Massachusetts (2004-14), is considered a national leader in higher education, an accomplished administrator and a distinguished classical musician

“The Board is thrilled to have Ron Crutcher as the University’s next president,” said Patricia L. Rowland, W’77 and GB’81, rector of the board of trustees. “He embodies the excellence that defines the University and is deeply committed to the teacher-scholar model that allows Richmond to make a transformational difference in students’ lives. He brings to Richmond’s presidency more than four decades of academic and administrative achievement at a diverse range of institutions. We believe he will provide outstanding leadership to continue the University’s strong trajectory and standing among the nation’s leading institutions.”

Two Henrico students named White House interns

Two Henrico County college students were among 144 students nationwide selected as White House interns for the Fall 2012 session. Inesha Premaratne and Matthew Shapiro, both of Glen Allen will participate in the program, which aims to make the White House accessible to future leaders and prepare them for future leadership opportunities.

UR completes $14 million in construction, renovations

The University of Richmond has completed more than $14 million in summer renovations and construction, including $2.5 million in library improvements, a new Student Activities Complex and a café at UR Downtown.

Reflecting increasing study and work on portable computers and other mobile devices, numerous power outlets and additional table surface space have been added throughout Boatwright Memorial Library. Added library work areas include seven group and eight individual study rooms. Renovations also have enabled all collaborative study areas to be moved to the second floor, allowing designation of the first floor for quiet study.

Reynolds receives top safety ranking

StateUniversity.com recently ranked J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College #4 in the state of Virginia for campus safety. The ratings are based on incidents of campus crime including assault, theft, motor vehicle theft and violent crimes. StateUniversity.com is a leading source of data and information on higher education. The site features profiles about colleges and provides tools to help prospective students narrow their choices.

UR up 5 spots in US News and World Report ranking

The University of Richmond jumped five places into a two-way tie for No. 27 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of national liberal arts colleges, which hits newsstands Sept. 20.

The magazine also named Richmond to three special lists in its category — best value schools (No. 9), up-and-comers having the most promising and innovative programs (No. 3), and high school counselors’ picks (tied for No. 24).

Tucker, UR graduate honored for career of military service

U.S. Army Major General Gina S. Farrisee lives to serve her country.

Earlier this month, her alma mater rewarded that service.

Farrisee, a 1978 University of Richmond graduate, received an award from the university for her distinguished service during an event at UR's Camp Concert Hall as part of the school's alumni reunion weekend June 4.

UR president’s radio show to be aired on C-SPAN 3 June 18

An episode of “Backstory with the American History Guys,” a radio program co-hosted by University of Richmond President Ed Ayers, will be televised June 18, at 6 p.m. on C-SPAN 3.

C-SPAN videotaped the program on the Richmond campus in April. In addition to Ayers, co-hosts are Peter Onuf and Brian Balogh, history professors at the University of Virginia.

UR professor wins $278K grant from NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Linda Boland, associate professor of biology at University of Richmond, a three-year, $278,682 grant to research lipid modulation of potassium channels — important to the rhythm of heart muscle and the electrical activity of brain cells.

UR names new dean of Arts and Sciences

Kathleen Roberts Skerrett
Kathleen Roberts Skerrett, associate dean and professor of religious studies at Grinnell College, has been appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at University of Richmond, effective July 1.

Skerrett has been a member of Grinnell’s faculty since 1998 and became associate dean in 2007. She previously taught at McGill University in Montreal, after earning her Ph.D. in theology and the modern West from Harvard University in 1993.

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