President Stroble Named Recipient of Diversity Award

Jan. 27, 2016

President Stroble Named Recipient of Diversity Award
President Elizabeth (Beth) Stroble has been named the recipient of the “Insight into Diversity Giving Back Award for Presidents and Chancellors.”

ST. LOUIS – President Stroble has been named the recipient of the “Insight into Diversity Giving Back Award for Presidents and Chancellors,” it was announced this week. The annual award is designed to honor a president or chancellor who has given back to the community and their campus.

Stroble was selected because of her “passion, dedication, and philanthropy, along with her demonstration of outstanding social responsibility” in the community and at Webster University, an announcement from the magazine says.

This is the only national award that honors presidents and chancellors for their commitment to diversity, the magazine’s announcement says. Stroble will be honored in the April edition of the magazine, which will be published online and distributed in print in mid to late March.

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Webster University,” Stroble said. “This recognition is a reflection of the great work accomplished daily by the students, faculty and staff who recognize the value of diversity to our community.”

Insight into Diversity magazine has been published for more than four decades. It has a print circulation of about 20,000 print readers and 30,000 online subscribers. It is distributed once a month. Online, the magazine measures about 100,000 unique visits each month.

This is not the first time Webster University or Stroble have been recognized for diversity leadership. Webster is recognized nationally for providing an environment in which diverse students can be successful and earn degrees. Webster has consistently achieved top rankings in the Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100 Degree Producers” survey since it was first published in 1991. U.S. News & World Report also has recognized Webster University for having one of the most “economically diverse” student populations in the United States. Webster has also been recognized by Paraquad, a non-profit organization that offers services to the disabled, for its work in making its campuses more accessible.

In 2014, Stroble was selected for the “Insight into Diversity Visionary Award” in recognition of her work toward increasing diversity in higher education. That same year, she was appointed to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), which serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education. In addition, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) named Stroble to serve on a new, high profile steering committee of university presidents charged with assessing the future of independent colleges. 

She earned the “Leader of Distinction” award as part of the 2014 YWCA Metro St. Louis Academy of Leaders. Women selected for this honor are “role models – living the YWCA Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.” In 2013, the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council presented her with the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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