Ronald A. Crutcher

President, Wheaton College

Ronald A. Crutcher became the seventh president of Wheaton on July 1, 2004 and was inaugurated on April 16, 2005. Since coming to Wheaton, he led a strategic planning process that engaged the entire college community in charting a course for continued leadership in the liberal arts. The strategic plan, Wheaton 2014: Transforming Lives to Change the World, called for the construction of a new science facility to encourage interdisciplinary learning and research. The Mars Center for Science and Technology opened in September 2011.

A recognized leader in the field of higher education, Crutcher serves as co-chair of LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise), the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ national campaign to demonstrate the value of liberal education. A past chair of the AAC&U board, he also is a member of the board of the Berklee College of Music and the Posse Foundation. He previously served on the board of the American Council on Education.

An active musician and scholar, Crutcher holds a faculty appointment at the college. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 1985 and has several recordings to his credit. He also is a member of the Klemperer Trio, which performs regularly in this country and in Europe. His publications include journal articles on higher education, leadership, chamber music, and black classical music.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, Crutcher pursued graduate studies at Yale University as a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow. In 1979, he was the first cellist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale. The recipient of a Fulbright Award, he is fluent in German and studied music in that country.

Crutcher came to Wheaton from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of music. In his five years at Miami, he coordinated the “First in 2009” strategic vision process for the University; established the Center for American and World Cultures; led the revamping of the first-year experience to intensify its academic rigor; and played a key role in securing a $5 million gift from an alumnus to establish a new Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Prior to Miami, he served as director of the School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin (1994-99). Earlier he was vice president of academic affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Music (1990-94) and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1987-90).

David W. Oxtoby

President, Pomona College

David Oxtoby became the ninth president of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., in July 2003. An internationally-known physical chemist, he previously served as dean of the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago, where he was William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor. At Pomona, he is also professor of chemistry, and annually teaches a course in environmental chemistry.

Under Oxtoby’s leadership, the college has launched initiatives in sustainability—including integrated academic and campus planning and an office of sustainability—completed three new academic buildings, and carried out renovations of several historic campus buildings. Pomona has maintained a commitment to meet 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need through scholarships and financial aid, and has replaced loans with grants in student-aid packages, in order to enhance low-income and under-represented students’ access to a Pomona education. In 2009, Pomona established the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, which includes a long-term commitment to the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS), which serves historically under-represented high school students. The college has established a parents program and set records for Annual Fund giving three years in a row. In addition, Pomona has adopted a new General Education curriculum, added new departments of computer science and media studies, and has expanded the faculty, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary programs such as neuroscience, environmental analysis, and media studies.

Oxtoby has been particularly supportive of the arts, leading efforts to increase resources, visibility, and capacity. These efforts have resulted in a revitalization of the Pomona College Museum of Art, a new faculty position in creative writing, the inclusion of arts programming and facilities in the college’s Strategic Plan, and a commitment to public art exemplified by the installation of Pomona alumnus James Turrell’s Skyspace, Dividing the Light, in 2007.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Oxtoby received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1977, rising through the ranks to become full professor in 1986. As a research chemist, he is author or co-author of numerous scientific articles on such subjects as light scattering, chemical-reaction dynamics and phase transitions. He has been invited as guest lecturer to conferences and institutions around the globe and is the co-author of two first-year chemistry textbooks. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris, the University of Bristol, and the University of Sydney. His work has been recognized through fellowships from the Guggenheim, Sloan, Dreyfus, von Humboldt, Danforth, and National Science foundations. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a member of the American Chemical Society.

Oxtoby serves as the chair for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Science Education Board for Howard Hughes Medical Center, and the boards of Toyota Technological Institute-Chicago, the Claremont University Consortium Board of Overseers, and Harvard University’s Board of Overseers.

Formerly, he was a member of the National Science Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Science Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, the board of Argonne National Laboratory, the board of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE), and the boards of trustees of the Webb Schools and Bryn Mawr College. In 2009, he received an honorary degree from Lingnan University in Hong Kong and, in 2005, he received an honorary degree from Occidental College.

Oxtoby and his wife, Claire, have three children: Mary Christina (Vassar ’04), John (Harvard ’07), and Laura (Carleton ’08).

Philip E. Lewis

Vice President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Philip Lewis is vice president of the Mellon Foundation and professor emeritus at Cornell University.

A graduate of Davidson College (1964), Lewis received a Ph.D. in French literature from Yale (1969), where he was a Woodrow Wilson fellow and a Danforth fellow. He joined the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell in 1968 and served as its chair from 1974 to 1980. As a scholar, he has published on various aspects of 17th-century French literature, including books on La Rochefoucauld (The Art of Abstraction, 1977) and Charles Perrault (Reading through the Mother Goose Tales, 1996); as a member of the Board of Editors of A New History of French Literature (1989), he was responsible for sections on the baroque and neo-classicism. He has also published essays on contemporary criticism and on American higher education.

Lewis has held fellowships from the Cornell Society for the Humanities, the Camargo Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 1976 to 1987 he served as editor of Diacritics, a journal of literary criticism based at Cornell, and from July 2004 until his retirement from Cornell in January 2007, he was director of the university’s Program in French Studies. From 1993 to 1996, he served on the Modern Language Association’s Special Committee on the Future of the Print Record.

Lewis joined the administration of Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences as a senior associate dean in 1989. As dean of Arts and Sciences from 1995 until 2003, he advocated for reinforcing the college’s commitment to liberal education.

Rebecca Chopp

President, Swarthmore College

Since joining Swarthmore’s community as its president in 2009, Rebecca Chopp has focused her work on the College’s role in cultivating a global intellectual community that will create leaders in every field in the 21st century. During her first year, she embarked on an ambitious multi-city listening tour to hear from alumni, parents, and friends about the Swarthmore experience and how the College’s values can help shape future decisions. Chopp also oversaw a financial restructuring that, without layoffs or cuts to core academic programs, resulted in a sustainable five-year budget plan. Her endorsement of the DREAM Act, signing of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and joining the latter’s steering committee further enhanced Swarthmore’s legacy of ethical and social leadership.

Chopp is a well-known scholar of progressive religious movements in American culture and has recently focused her research on changing structures and cultures of higher education, on the role of liberal arts in a democratic society, and on religion and higher education. She has authored or edited five books and has published more than 50 articles in her areas of expertise. A native of Kansas, Chopp received a B.A. from Kansas Wesleyan University, an M.Div. from St. Paul School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Prior to Swarthmore, Chopp served as president of Colgate University, dean and Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University. Her tenures at these institutions were all marked by the bolstering of academic offerings and forward-looking strategic planning.

More than 20 vice presidents, deans, and vice provosts reported to Chopp at Emory, where she established three priorities for their work together: strengthening the schools and establishing cross-disciplinary programs, identifying new intellectual initiatives, and identifying and supporting colleagues with leadership potential. In her 15 years there, she also served as director of graduate studies for the Institute of Women’s Studies, dean of faculty and academic affairs at the Candler School, and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Theology at Emory.

At Yale, Chopp completed the rebuilding project for the entire Divinity School campus, developed an academic strategic plan that continues to be implemented, rebuilt financial and management structures, and implemented new approaches in alumni relations, communications, and fundraising.

As president of Colgate from 2002 to 2009, Chopp presided over the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan that expanded the university’s academic space by the largest amount in its history; strengthened academic programs and developed new interdisciplinary institutes and centers; implemented a new vision for residential education that provides leadership education for students and new programs in arts, academic teams, and wellness; strengthened athletics; expanded university-community partnerships, including the establishment of the Upstate Institute; and developed the most successful campaign in Colgate’s history, with a goal of $400 million, which, by the time it had gone public, had raised more than half the goal while creating new alumni avenues of connection and support. During Chopp’s tenure, notable increases in admissions, improvement of student quality, and expansion of programs supporting diversity and globalization occurred.

Chopp’s many awards include the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Chicago, the Alumna of the Year award from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and honorary doctorates in divinity from Wake Forest University, Hamilton College, Lehigh University, and Lafayette College. She is also the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from Kansas Wesleyan University, the Distinguished Alumna Award from Saint Paul School of Theology, and the Founder’s Day Award from Baker University. Chopp has served on the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Survey of Student Engagement and has served on the executive committee of the Annapolis Group, the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching, and on the Council of Information and Library Resources. Chopp has also served as president of the American Academy of Religion and the Patriot League and is a past member of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the NCAA.

Chopp, who is 58, is married to Frederick Thibodeau. They have three sons.

William G. Bowen

President Emeritus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

President Emeritus, Princeton University

William G. Bowen, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation from 1988 to 2006, was president of Princeton University from 1972 to 1988, where he also served as professor of economics and public affairs. A graduate of Denison University (A.B. 1955) and Princeton University (Ph.D. 1958), he joined the Princeton faculty in 1958 (specializing in labor economics) and served as provost there from 1967-72.

Bowen joined the Mellon Foundation in 1988, and his tenure was marked by increases in the scale of the foundation’s activities, with annual appropriations reaching $220 million in 2000. To ensure that Mellon’s grant-making activities would be better informed and more effective while also following his interest in studying questions central to higher education and philanthropy, he created an in-house research program to investigate doctoral education, collegiate admissions, independent research libraries, and charitable nonprofits. Bowen’s special interest in the application of information technology to scholarship led to a range of initiatives, including the foundation-sponsored creation of JSTOR (a searchable electronic archive of the full runs of core journals in many fields), the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, ARTstor (a repository of high-quality digitized works of art and related materials for teaching and research), and Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (an organization launched to accelerate the adoption of productive and efficient uses of information technology for the benefit of higher education).

Bowen is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including, most recently, Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President (Princeton University Press, 2010) and Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities (Princeton University Press, 2009). Other books include The Board Book: An Insider’s Guide for Trustees and Directors (2008); Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (2005), with Martin A. Kurzweil and Eugene M. Tobin; Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values (2003), with Sarah A. Levin; The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (2001), with James Shulman; the Grawemeyer Award-winning The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (1998), with Derek Bok; The Charitable Nonprofits: An Analysis of Institutional Dynamics and Characteristics (1994), with Thomas I. Nygren, Sarah E. Turner, and Elizabeth A. Duffy; Inside the Boardroom (1994); and In Pursuit of the Ph.D. (1992) with Neil L. Rudenstine.

Bowen delivered the Romanes Lecture, “At a Slight Angle to the Universe: The University in a Digitized, Commercialized Age,” at the University of Oxford in October 2000.

Bowen is founding chairman of Ithaka Harbors, Inc. He serves on the boards of Ithaka/JSTOR and ARTstor and is co-chairman of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. He also is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shelly Weiss Storbeck

Managing Partner, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates LLC

Shelly Weiss Storbeck previously was the managing director of the Education Practice of A.T. Kearney, Inc., an international search and consulting firm. She has conducted more than 400 searches for public and private universities, colleges and schools, and not-for-profit associations and organizations. Before joining A.T. Kearney, she was a senior associate and administrative officer for the education practice at Korn/Ferry International.

Storbeck writes, speaks, and consults on issues relating to higher education across the United States. She has served as chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Executive Search Roundtable and is a member of the ACE National Identification Program. Prior to entering the search industry, Storbeck served as assistant to the president for educational affairs at Haverford College, Haverford, Pa. In that post, she gained experience in all senior administrative searches as well as chaired Haverford’s Middle States Accreditation Process.

Storbeck holds an M.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College and a B.A. in English and religion from Dickinson College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She taught English at the Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pa., and English and religion at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. She is a member of the Modern Language Association and a former member of the Philadelphia School District Collaborative Committee for Schools and Colleges.

Susan Frost

Principal, Susan Frost Consulting

After 13 years in the Emory University administration, most recently as vice president for strategic development, Susan Frost is consulting with college and university leaders, helping them form and execute a strategic agenda, strengthen faculty development, or improve academic advising programs. She continues to teach at Emory, where she is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts.

Frost’s recent articles include “The University as Global City” (Change, March/April 2004) and “Chaos and the New Academy,” a work in progress she is sharing with leaders and scholars as it is developing. She has also authored Academic Advising for Student Success: A System of Shared Responsibility (1991); co-authored, with Ronald Simpson, Inside College: The Future of Undergraduate Education (Insight Books, 1993); and edited Using Teams in Higher Education: Cultural Foundations for Productive Change for the New Directions for Institutional Research series (1998). Frost’s articles appear regularly in such journals as Research in Higher Education and the Journal of Higher Education. She teaches graduate seminars on the culture and contexts in the American university, as well as planning and policy analysis in higher education. Currently she is a senior fellow in the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, where she earned her doctorate in 1989.

While at Emory, Frost organized and developed the university’s first central institutional planning and research effort, designed and implemented major planning initiatives, and conducted comprehensive studies of faculty work and life at the university. Her studies of intellectual community and faculty work give the Emory faculty the distinction of being one of the most studied research faculty in the United States.

Frost consults at universities and associations including Georgetown, Yale, the Associated Colleges of the South, and Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. In her practice, she helps presidents, deans, and other leaders advance their strategic planning efforts and apply the concepts she and others have developed to higher education broadly. Those concepts draw on her research interests, including the cultures and structures of the American research university, the nature of intellectual community, the genesis and development of intellectual initiatives of faculty, and faculty careers and development. She often works in China and other locations in Asia, helping clients think strategically about opportunities in those societies, establish new academic programs, or evaluate offerings.

Brian Rosenberg

President, Macalester College

Brian Rosenberg is the 16th president of Macalester College. Under his leadership, Macalester launched an historic five-year campaign to raise $150 million (ending in 2011). Two of the campaign’s three building projects have been fully funded and completed: Markim Hall, home of the Institute for Global Citizenship, which is the first higher education building in the region to earn LEED Platinum designation; and the Leonard Center, a 175,000-square-foot athletic and wellness complex. Additional campaign priorities include a fine arts center renovation and expansion, student scholarships, faculty support, and research.

During Rosenberg’s tenure, Macalester’s annual fund-raising has more than doubled, its endowment performance has consistently exceeded that of its peer group, and there has been an operating budget surplus each year. The college has sharply increased recruitment and retention of students of color, and the overall student-retention rate from the first to second year has risen to 95 percent. Rosenberg has also led the college in a number of sustainability initiatives, including adopting a plan to become carbon neutral by 2025.

Rosenberg is active nationally, serving as chair of the Presidents’ Council of Project Pericles and as a member of the Leadership Circle of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group, the Presidents’ Trust of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and numerous other groups and organizations. He is a past chair of the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives.

Rosenberg champions the liberal arts college in America. “The liberal arts model rests on a belief in the transformative power of ideas, the necessity of collaborative action for the common good, and the importance of individual self-determination.” Rosenberg has been quoted in the press on a variety of issues including higher education access and quality, tuition costs, and college rankings.

Prior to coming to Macalester in August 2003, Rosenberg was the dean of the faculty and an English professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. He began his academic career as an adjunct assistant professor of humanities at The Cooper Union in New York City in 1982, and was an English professor and chair of the English department at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., from 1983 to 1998.

A Charles Dickens scholar, Rosenberg has written two books, Mary Lee Settle’s Beulah Quintet: The Price of Freedom (1991) and Little Dorrit’s Shadows: Character and Contradiction in Dickens (1996), and numerous articles on the Victorian author. He served on the board of trustees of The Dickens Society from 2000 to 2004.