February 10, 2009
Webster University Selects Dr. Elizabeth Stroble as New PresidentNames Dr. George as Chancellor
ST. LOUIS, February 10, 2009 –After a comprehensive search, the Webster University Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, Senior Vice President, Provost, and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Akron in Ohio, as the University’s President and Chief Executive effective July 1. The Board also named Interim President Dr. Neil J. George to the newly created position of Chancellor.
“Webster University is heading to a new level of global growth, and this is a critical time for our future. Dr. Stroble’s sterling credentials and demonstrated abilities as an academic leader, administrator, and educator are a great match for Webster,” said George H. Walker III, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.
“Her outstanding and extensive experience includes recent accomplishments such as transforming the Akron campus, achieving 2008 ‘Engaged University’ designation by Carnegie Foundation for The Advancement of Teaching, and obtaining research funding consistent with Carnegie research status,” Walker said.
“Concurrently, Webster has expanded to a multi-campus, international University where the role of Chancellor will help us maintain the momentum we have achieved,” Walker said. “Neil George’s 30 plus years at Webster are a major reason for that momentum.”
Dr. Stroble brings 35 years of diverse experience as an educator and academic leader to her new position at Webster University. Dr. Stroble will become the 14th President of Webster University.
“Elizabeth Stroble possesses the qualities we sought,” said Ed Glotzbach, chair of the University’s Presidential Search Committee. “She shares the University’s values, has a strong appreciation for our liberal arts tradition, is committed to our mission of global education, and has a proven management style that empowers and motivates others.”
Dr. Stroble, 57, said she is excited by the new opportunities at Webster. “I am inspired by what I have learned about Webster University. It is an honor to serve and lead an institution with a singular tradition of innovation and accomplishment, in Webster Groves and around the world. Few institutions are as clear about their mission and vision while simultaneously transforming the means by which they accomplish their goals.
“I admire the diversity and complexity of Webster’s community ranging from vibrant programs in the liberal arts and robust professional programs to entrepreneurial uses of technology and the worldwide campus sites. With great anticipation, I look forward to working with the Board, Chancellor George, and the rest of the Webster community to advance partnerships that extend the reach, the recognition, and the impact of a great University. A world of opportunity awaits Webster, and I welcome collaborations that help us realize Webster’s vision to put students first as we set the standard for global education,” Dr. Stroble said.
Dr. Stroble holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia, two master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
As Chancellor, Dr. George will provide continuity in the University’s strategic direction, while assisting with Dr. Stroble’s transition to working with administrators, faculty, students, donors, and the communities around the world where the University has a presence.
Dr. George, 68, will become the first Chancellor in the University’s 94-year history. In that role, he will provide counsel to the President on matters of educational excellence, major capital projects, fundraising, and the general development and welfare of the University.
“Neil George is one of the most committed, talented leaders I know,” Walker said. “We are proud of his decades of service to Webster University, and he has been instrumental in making Webster global and highly accredited. As Chancellor, Neil will play an active role in our continued growth.”
Dr. George pointed to the Board of Trustees’ leadership in ensuring a thoughtful, strategic management team. “Webster University today has a great deal of momentum as we continue delivering on our commitment to global education excellence,” Dr. George said. “I am gratified for the opportunity to continue advising on the strategic vision of this multi-campus, international University and our commitment to global citizenship and individual excellence.”
Dr. George holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College, a master’s from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University, and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. He joined the Webster University faculty in 1972, and has served in a number of leadership positions. Dr. George was named Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1995.
“In making these appointments, our search committee and the Trustees recognize that Beth Stroble brings an extraordinary set of educational leadership skills to Webster University,” said Bill Lynch, president of the University’s Faculty Senate and member of the Presidential search committee. “Neil George’s wealth of experience will continue to help us with development and growth.”
“Dr. Elizabeth Stroble is a prototype for the 21st century University President,” said Benjamin Ola. Akande Dean, School of Business and Technology and a member of the Presidential search committee. “Her passion for education, collaborative style of leadership, and commitment to academic excellence are assets that she brings to Webster University. She will make us better,” said Dr. Akande. “Dr. Neil George is a respected leader in global education with a strong affection for learning. Webster University is well positioned to continue its leading role in global education.
About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is a worldwide institution committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915, Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges, and a global network of more than 100 campuses. Its 20,000-plus student population represents almost 150 nationalities. The University’s core values include excellence in teaching, joining theory and practice, small class sizes, and educating students to be lifelong independent learners, fully prepared to participate in an increasingly international society.
Since opening its first campus overseas in Geneva in 1978, Webster has become a recognized leader and innovator in global education, with an international presence that now includes campuses in London; Vienna; Amsterdam and Leiden, the Netherlands; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, China; and Bangkok and Cha-am, Thailand. Webster also has educational partnerships with universities in Mexico and Japan.
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