Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Ph.D., Biography
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, completed a successful Centennial scholarship fund drive, more than doubled its endowment, and significantly increased scholarship support for students as well as establishing the University's first three endowed faculty positions. 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 here and internationally have increased students' success, and initiatives to develop globally diverse and inclusive talent support Webster's faculty and staff.
Webster University has been recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine for more than twenty years for providing an environment in which diverse students can be successful and earn degrees. It has received recognition as one of the top universities in the country for awarding master's degrees to several minority groups. It ranks first among U.S. nonprofit, private institutions in graduating master's-level African-American and Total Minority Students for All Disciplines Combined. It has been recognized among America's Best Colleges as ranked by Forbes magazine and continuously ranks in the top tier of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. For study abroad, Webster University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top two percent of nearly 1,400 universities surveyed, and is ranked by the Institute of International Education in the top ten in the nation for long-term study abroad programs, among master's level universities. It has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine and Advanced Military Education magazine for providing an environment in which graduate students and members of the military can be successful and earn degrees.
Dr. Stroble is a board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities, a member of International Association of University Presidents, and the International Women's Forum. She is a member of the Council on Competitiveness and a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Steering Committee on the Project on the Future of Independent Colleges.
In St. Louis, Dr. Stroble serves on the boards of Mercy Hospital St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Urban League of St. Louis, St. Louis Science Center, Opera Theatre St. Louis, the Repertory Theatre, Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis, and The Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis. She is also a member of the St. Louis Forum.
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 and was recognized by the St. Louis NAACP as an inspiring leader. In celebration of the Sisters of Loretto Community's 200th anniversary, Dr. Stroble received a Jubilee Leadership Award in honor of Sisters Jacqueline Grennan & Francetta Barberis. 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. Dr. Stroble accepted a YWCA Leader of Distinction award from the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, and she received the Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
Dr. Stroble's recent articles have been published in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, The Presidency, among others. She is an accomplished speaker on women in leadership, global diversity and inclusion, independent higher education, and social media.
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. Her career includes academic and administrative appointments at the University of Akron, the University of Louisville, and Northern Arizona University.January 2016