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Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble began her tenure as the 11th President of Webster University in 2009. She leads Webster University’s mission as a worldwide institution transforming students for individual excellence and global citizenship.
During Dr. Stroble’s tenure, Webster has advanced global academic and operational excellence through strategic investments in new academic facilities and technology infrastructure. Webster completed the largest comprehensive campaign in its history, more than doubled its endowment, and significantly increased scholarship support for students. Expanded partnerships locally and globally have strengthened the university’s reach and impact in the eight countries and four continents students call home. Enhanced support for academic programs and services for students in the U.S. and internationally have increased students’ success.
Dr. Stroble was named one of the most influential businesswomen in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal. She received the Distinguished Citizen award by the St. Louis Argus. She was recognized by the St. Louis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as an inspiring leader. Dr. Stroble was the recipient of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Norman A. Stack Community Relations award. The St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation named Dr. Stroble a Woman of Achievement in Educational Leadership, and she received the Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
Dr. Stroble earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and English from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and two master of arts degrees, one in history and one in American and English literature, both from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She received her doctorate in curriculum studies from the University of Virginia.