President Stroble Receives Diversity Visionary Award

Dec. 10, 2014

President Stroble Receives Diversity Visionary Award

ST. LOUIS (DEC. 10, 2014) – Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J.  Stroble received the Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine in this month’s issue.

This award honors individuals who have made significant past and present contributions to diversity in higher education. Honorees are nominated by colleagues and are selected by INSIGHT staff.

“President Stroble has made it a strategic priority to position Webster University as a community leader and welcoming forum for serious discussion of the challenges and opportunities for progress in advancing diversity and inclusion—seeing their realization as a process of mind and heart,” said Dr. Donald M. Suggs, former member of the Webster University Board of Trustees and publisher and executive editor of the St. Louis American, Missouri’s largest weekly newspaper and the only ethnic weekly print publication that is the largest in its state. “She has raised expectations as an assertive and innovative leader who has expanded existing programs and created new ones at Webster. I was able to collaborate with her in creating the much-coveted Webster University Donald M. Suggs Scholarship, which has been awarded for the past two years.”

Since being named president of Webster University in 2009, Stroble increased the diversity of her leadership team, established the position of associate vice president of diversity and inclusion for the first time in the University’s 100-year history, and partnered with Webster’s Board of Trustees to increase board diversity.

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Webster University,” Stroble said. “I believe that globally diverse and inclusive leadership is essential to create thriving, vibrant and sustainable communities.”

In 2013, under Stroble’s leadership, Webster University held its first Global Inclusion and Diversity Summit. To continue the dialog on diversity, Stroble created the Contemporary Conversations lecture series, which has hosted speakers such as global peace advocate Koko Tanimoto Kondo, former Ambassador Andrew Young and Debbie Storey, chief diversity officer at AT&T.

“Under Dr. Stroble’s leadership, diversity embraces all human differences while building upon the commonalities,” said Nicole Roach, associate vice president of diversity and inclusion. “She has made it her strategic priority to work on the issues of diversity surrounding not only race and color but also gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, faith traditions, disability and military status. It’s by incorporating all of these differences into the Webster community that we can truly say we are evolving as an inclusive institution.”

Other recent diversity recognitions for Webster University include the following:

  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked Webster University first in 2014 among U.S. nonprofit, private institutions in graduating master’s-level African American and total minority students for all disciplines combined. Webster was also one of only four St. Louis organizations honored for its accessibility efforts in 2013 by Paraquad, a non-profit organization that has offered services to the disabled for more than 40 years.
  • In the 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, Webster was ranked 26th overall in the Regional Universities-Midwest category and was ranked highly for small class sizes and economic diversity.
  • Stroble accepted a 2014 YWCA Leader of Distinction award from the YWCA of Metro St. Louis. Earlier in 2014 Stroble accepted the Multicultural Arts & Heritage for International Development Award of Excellence. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Norman A. Stack Community Relations award and the St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation’s Women of Achievement in Educational Leadership award.

Fellow Diversity Visionary Award recipients include: William J. Carroll, president of Benedictine University; Lynne Holden, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University; Stephen Jordan, president of Metropolitan State University of Denver.

For nearly 40 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity has connected potential employees with institutions and businesses choosing to embrace a workforce more reflective of our local and national communities. The current issue is available online at

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

To view Dr. Stroble's recognition in the December issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, please visit page 12 at this link