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Tucker Foundation appoints College Chaplain as new dean

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/17/08 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin • (603) 646-3661 

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Richard R. Crocker
Rev. Dr. Richard R. Crocker (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

The Rev. Dr. Richard R. Crocker has been named Dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation effective September 15. His appointment is for a two-year renewable term.

"I am pleased to be entrusted with the leadership of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation, which is known as the heart and soul of Dartmouth College," Crocker said. "I am grateful to Stuart Lord, Fred Berthold, and other previous deans for their dedication to challenging the Dartmouth community to explore the centrality of faith and service in living a meaningful life. This will be my purpose as well."

As the Virginia Rice Kelsey Dean of the Tucker Foundation, Crocker is responsible for overseeing programs that involve community service, religious life, social justice, civic responsibility and leadership development and that foster collaboration between undergraduate and graduate students.

Over 70% of Dartmouth students perform volunteer services in the Upper Valley community. Service to the local, national, and international community is central to the Dartmouth experience for many students.

Crocker will retain his current position as College Chaplain and will continue leading the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life within the Tucker Foundation. He will also direct the United Campus Ministry (UCM), which currently has over two dozen Campus Minister and Advisor members, as well as work with students, faculty, administrators and the UCM to nurture religious communities on campus and to develop opportunities for multi-faith dialogue, programs and initiatives. In his dual roles, Crocker will support that organization's mission to further the moral and spiritual work of the College by promoting social justice and civic responsibility while considering and discussing issues of activism and conscience.

"I'm delighted that Richard has agreed to serve as the Dean of the Tucker Foundation. As the College Chaplain, Richard has gained the community's respect for his leadership and integrity. I feel confident that the College's service programs and spiritual work are in good hands," said Provost Barry Scherr.

Crocker came to Dartmouth in January 2003 as the College Chaplain. A native of Alabama, Crocker served as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at the Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair, N.J. prior to coming to Dartmouth. He has also served as Dean of Student Life and Associate Professor of Religion at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and was the College Chaplain and a Lecturer in Religion at Bates College in Maine. At Dartmouth, he is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Writing.

Crocker earned his undergraduate and master's degrees at Brown University. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and went on to receive both his M.Div. in Pastoral Theology and Counseling and his Ph.D. in Psychology and Religion at Vanderbilt University. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Dedicated in 1951 by Dartmouth's 12th President, John Sloan Dickey, in honor of William Jewett Tucker, who was President of Dartmouth from 1893 to 1909, the Tucker Foundation was founded to "further the moral and spiritual life of the College." It is home to numerous volunteer and civic service programs and currently serves close to 2,000 students each year in dozens of sustained community service programs, fellowships and internships, or student-sponsored ministries locally, nationally and worldwide.

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