Beth Stroble is Webster's first chancellor to serve as principal leader for the global
university system, after serving as Webster's 11th president since 2009. During a
decade of her leadership, Webster has more than doubled its endowment, substantially
increased private scholarship funding for students, and grown net assets by more than
30 percent. Across her career at public and private institutions, Stroble has emerged
as a nationally recognized champion of expanding access to higher education through
need-based student aid, while also advocating vigorously for federal support of university-based
research. She is an experienced leader in American higher education, known for her
commitment to increasing access to Webster's education for students worldwide regardless
of their financial background, catalyzing academic innovation, and encouraging universities'
civic engagement and service to society.
During her tenure, Webster has engaged in a period of transformation, with an increased
focus on overall institutional excellence, which resulted in increased funding from
private donors, government agencies and businesses, and creation of several endowed
professorships. Webster's place in the annual U. S. News & World Report "Best Colleges"
ranking has risen from 33rd to 17th among Midwestern Regional universities. She launched
Webster's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and highlighted its mission as a cornerstone
of the university's excellence. She strengthened relations between Webster and its
host communities and improved and expanded outreach to alumni, parents, and friends.
Stroble's current research focuses on global patterns in women's higher education
leadership and the relationships among place, identity, and community. She advocates
for global inclusion and leadership, public-private partnerships, and the value of
independent universities through publications, invited presentations, and service
to international and national organizations of university leaders and heads of corporations
and government agencies. Most recently in March 2019, she was named by Diverse Issues
as one of the top 35 women making an impact in higher education.
Stroble holds a bachelor of arts 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, from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She received
her doctorate in curriculum studies from the University of Virginia. Prior to Webster,
she held academic and administrative appointments at the University of Akron, the
University of Louisville, and Northern Arizona University.
Updated October 2019
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