Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble was named President of Webster University in 2009. In her first few years, Dr. Stroble has made an immediate impact on this University. As the 11th President, she brings to the position 37 years of diverse experience as an educator and academic leader.
Since her arrival, Webster has advanced global academic excellence through strategic investments in new facilities and technology infrastructure; launched the public phase of a $55 million campaign and saw it through to successful completion even with a challenging economy; expanded partnerships locally and globally; enhanced the institution’s reputation; strengthened academic programs and services for students here and internationally; and developed leadership and recruited additional talent among faculty, staff, and administrators.
Webster University has also 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.
Dr. Stroble was recently appointed to serve as a member of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Commission on Leadership. She is the chairperson of the Institutional Partnerships Focus Group of the U.S.-Indonesia Joint Council on Higher Education Partnership. President Stroble has been serving as a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Society Cabinet, and serves on the High Level Business Council of the R.C.G.A, the boards of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association (R.C.G.A.), Urban League of St. Louis, St. Louis Science Center, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Opera Theatre St. Louis, the Repertory Theatre, and Innovate St. Louis, and more.
Dr. Stroble earned an A.B. in history and English from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 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, Charlottesville.