Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Ph.d., Biography
Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble was named President of Webster University in 2009. She leads Webster University's mission as a worldwide institution transforming students for individual excellence and global citizenship.
Since her arrival, 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, 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 60 cities, 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 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. It has been recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, G.I. Jobs magazine and Advanced Military Education magazine for several years for providing an environment in which diverse graduate students and members of the military can be successful and earn degrees. 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.
President 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 is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Steering Committee on the Project on the Future of Independent Colleges.
In St. Louis, President Stroble serves on the boards of Mercy Hospital St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Urban League of St. Louis, St. Louis Science Center, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Opera Theatre St. Louis, the Repertory Theatre, Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis, The Muny, and the Webster Community Arts Foundation. She is a member of the St. Louis Forum.
President Stroble was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of 2010's most influential businesswomen. She received St. Louis Argus' 2011 Distinguished Citizen Award and was recognized by the St. Louis NAACP in 2012 as an inspiring leader. In celebration of the Sisters of Loretto Community's 200th anniversary, President Stroble received a Jubilee Leadership Award in honor of Sisters Jacqueline Grennan & Francetta Barberis. In May 2013, 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 2013 Woman of Achievement in Educational Leadership. President Stroble was inducted in the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013. In March 2014, President Stroble received the Multicultural Arts & Heritage for International Development Award of Excellence. In 2014, President Stroble was distinguished as the YWCA Leader of Distinction in Education and received the INSIGHT into Diversity Visionary Award.
President Stroble earned an A.B. in history and English from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and two masters 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. Regent's University London has named her a Senior Honorary Fellow. Her career includes academic and administrative appointments at the University of Akron, the University of Louisville, and Northern Arizona University.March 2014