Betty Neal Crutcher, Ph.D., MPH. 2017-2020

*President Spouse at the University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

*Cross-Cultural Mentoring Consultant






Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher received her Bachelor of Science in sociology from Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama. her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; and her Ph.D. in educational administration from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She has served at Harvard Medical School as a senior fellow and mentor for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society and as a member of the Multicultural Fellows Committee. She has also served as a member of the faculty in the Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Program, presenting workshops at conferences for Healing Health Care Disparities through Education. At Tuskegee University, she serves as a University Scholar for the National Center for Bioethics.

Dr. Crutcher has been named a distinguished honorary alumna of Western College for a collaborative initiative with Western College alumni reaching out in support of education through a scholarship and mentoring program. She served as a faculty member at the 2014 American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) Leadership and Mentoring Institute, which took place at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama.

She is the co-founder of the Sowing Seeds of Hope program, a mentoring initiative at Harvard Medical School for high school and college students interested in the health care professions. Dr. Crutcher is Co-Chair of the Council of the Independent Colleges Spouses Partners Task Force and serves on the boards of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Bon Secours Richmond Health Foundation.

Dr. Crutcher is the author of “Cross Cultural Mentoring: A Pathway to Making Excellence Inclusive,” published in the spring 2014 issue of Liberal Education, a journal of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and Mentoring Across Cultures,” Academe, 2007, Volume 93. She is the co-author of  “Transcending the Legacy of Silence and Shame Surrounding he Unethical Syphilis Study at Tuskegee,” published in Diverse Issues in Education, March 9, 2017, “The Impact of Cross-Cultural Interactions on Medical Students’ Preparedness to Care for Diverse Patients,” published in Academic Medicine in November, 2012, and “Hope: Helping Others Prepare for Education through Cross-Cultural Mentoring,” a review of A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending Barriers of Stereotype, Race, and Ethnicity published in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, July, 2011.  
Dr. Crutcher served for 10 years (2004–14) as a presidential spouse and a senior mentoring consultant at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts. She has held many posts in higher education administration and student affairs, at University of Texas-Austin, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Guilford College. She also served as Director of Community Relations for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Crutcher has served as executive mentor and presenter at the Graduate School Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Her recent keynotes have included “Mentoring as a Lifelong Process,” at the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and “Building Across Bridges,” for the Connecting Women of Color Conference, University of Richmond.

Other cross-cultural mentoring presentations have included the Mellon Mentoring Conference, American Association of Museums, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Drexel University, Harvard Medical School, Albany Medical College, the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the University of Massachusetts/Amherst School of Nursing, Holy Cross College, the American Council on Education, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.



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