About Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher

Betty Neal Crutcher, PhD, MPH is a keynote speaker and presenter on the subjects of cross-cultural mentoring for higher education, the medical field, and regional and national organizations. She also presents on health care disparities among underrepresented communities.

She has served as Presidential Spouse for ten years at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, and for six years at the University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. She has held many ground-breaking posts in higher education and student affairs, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; the University of Texas at Austin; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Guilford College. She has also served as the first Director of Community Relations for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

At the Harvard University Medical School, she has served as a senior fellow and mentor for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society, as a member of the Multicultural Fellows Committee and the Cross-Cultural Care Committee, and on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Program. She is also a co-founder of the Seeds of Hope mentoring program.

Dr. Crutcher serves as a University Scholar for the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, and on the Board of the W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association (NMA) Health Institute (The Cobb Institute), and as co-chair of the Cobb Pipeline Committee.

She is also a board member and chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring the legacy of the 623 African American men victimized in the United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study in Tuskegee/Macon County, Alabama, from 1932-1972.

Dr. Crutcher also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Richmond Forum, and The Woman’s Club of Richmond. She is also a member of the Links, Inc., and a Golden Life Member of the Richmond Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

She received her B.S. in Sociology from Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Doctorate in Educational Administration with its focus on Cross-Cultural Mentoring from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

She resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, University of Richmond President Emeritus Ronald A. Crutcher, with frequent visits from their daughter Sara.

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