Bethesda Academy Announces Dr. Ronald Crutcher as Keynote Speaker for Class of 2024 Scholarship Gala

By: Bethesda Academy
SAVANNAH, Ga. - May 6, 2024 - PRLog -- Bethesda Academy, a private day school for young men in grades six through twelve, is proud to announce Dr. Ronald Crutcher, President Emeritus and University Professor of the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, as the keynote speaker for its tenth annual Scholarship Gala. The gala is a key part of the end-of-semester traditions celebrating the graduating Class of 2024. Dr. Crutcher will be joined by his wife, Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher, Mentor-in-Residence at the University of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

The Scholarship Gala will take place on Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., at The Palmetto Club, located at One Cottonwood Dr., in The Landings.

Dr. Crutcher is a highly respected figure in higher education with over 35 years of experience. In addition to his current role as President Emeritus and University Professor at the University of Richmond, where he held the prestigious position of tenth President from 2015-2021, he also held the position of President of Wheaton College from 2004-2014. Previously, he served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University of Ohio and is a recognized classical music professor.

Dr. Crutcher holds an undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio and both a Master of Music and Doctor of Music from Yale University. Further recognition of his achievements came in 2021 when he was named a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization focused on bringing together influential professionals across various sectors to foster productive dialogue.

"We are honored to have such a distinguished leader in education as our keynote speaker for the Scholarship Gala," said Bethesda Academy President Dr. Michael Hughes. "Dr. Crutcher exemplifies the kind of leadership we strive to instill in our students, making him a perfect role model for this important occasion."

The black-tie optional Scholarship Gala, generously sponsored by the Georgia Ports Authority (Platinum Sponsor) and Byrd Cookie Company (Gold Sponsor), is a major fundraiser for the school's vital Gateway Scholarship Program. The program's fundraising efforts allow nearly 90% of Bethesda Academy students to receive financial aid. Tickets for the event are $150 each, and sponsorships start at $1,250. Seating is limited.

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