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Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Ph.D., Biography

Portrait of Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. StrobleBeth 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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