Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble Biography
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble was named President of Webster University in 2009. In her first three years, Dr. Stroble’s leadership has achieved an immediate positive impact for this university.
Since her arrival, Webster has advanced global academic and operational excellence through strategic investments in new facilities and technology infrastructure; launched the public phase of a $55 million campaign and exceeded the campaign’s goal even with a challenging economy; expanded partnerships locally and globally; enhanced the institution’s reputation as a Tier 1 institution; 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. Webster University is ranked ninth in the nation for long-term study abroad programs, among master’s level universities, by the Institute of International Education.
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 and is also a member of the Council on Competitiveness. President Stroble has been serving as a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Society Cabinet and the St. Louis Forum, and she serves on 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, Innovate St. Louis, and the Webster Community Arts Foundation. Since arriving in St. Louis, Dr. Stroble was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of 2010’s most influential businesswomen. She received St. Louis Argus’s 2011 Distinguished Citizen Award and will be recognized by the St. Louis NAACP in 2012 as an inspiring leader.
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. Her career includes academic and administrative appointments at the University of Akron, the University of Louisville, and Northern Arizona University.