Student Life Hall of Fame

Karen Luebbert

Karen Luebbert

Karen Luebbert graduated in 1964 with a BA in English. Karen was heavily involved in student leadership positions on campus, including such highlights as serving as president of the Student Government Association, editor of the Lorentine (literary magazine), junior class vice president, editor of the Campus Guide, reporter for the Web student newspaper, creator of the Student Handbook, and providing leadership for the All-School May Crowning, a capital gift fundraising campaign to solicit 100 percent student contributions.

Luebbert went on to earn a master’s in library science at Case Western Reserve University, and a PhD from Saint Louis University. She joined Webster as an employee in 1967, and went on to serve the University for 45 years in a variety of roles, from director of the library to vice president, executive assistant to the president, and board secretary, until her retirement in 2011. Luebbert played an active role in working with the vice president of Student Affairs Mark Govoni on the University Center building project and helping to facilitate the process that led to the construction of the Webster Village Apartments.


She has also served as a tireless volunteer in the St. Louis community. She has served as Chair of the Missouri Association for Affirmative Action, the Diversity Awareness Partnership, The Missouri Library Network Corporation, St. Louis Regional Library Network, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, and the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club (now known the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis.) She also served on the boards of the St. Louis Journalism Review, Midwest BankCenter, the Higher Education Center of St. Louis, the University Club, VideoNine, Jefferson National Parks Association, Cathedral Concerts and Artist Presentation Society. Luebbert also served in leadership roles with the United Way of Greater St. Louis’s Women’s Leadership Giving initiative and Women’s Cabinet. Dr. Luebbert was inducted into the Incarnate Word Academy Hall of Fame and received the Mary Elizabeth Newell Award from the Webster University Alumni Association, both in 2011. In 2012, she was named the Webster University College of Arts & Sciences’ Outstanding Alumna.