Patricia Reardon Arnold Named Vice President of Advancement

Sep. 13, 2017

Patricia Reardon Arnold Named Vice President of Advancement
Patricia Reardon Arnold

Patricia Reardon Arnold has been named Vice President of Advancement at Webster University. Arnold originally joined Webster in January 2017 to serve in this role on an interim basis.

As the head of Advancement, Arnold provides strategic direction and leadership of Webster's Advancement Office, which includes: Major Gifts, Annual Fund, Alumni Programs, Parent & Student Programs, Corporate, Foundation and Advancement Services.

“I am delighted to have Patty Arnold leading our Advancement efforts and connecting donors, alumni, friends, families and partners with the Webster story,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. “She is a known leader in our community whose expertise has helped guide an Advancement team in transition and continue our fundraising momentum, including securing major donors for Browning Hall, the interdisciplinary science building.”

“Patty’s efforts will focus on our strategic external presence and engagement,” said Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Webster University. “This work is essential to Webster’s success, particularly in strengthening our academic programs.”

“It is an exciting time to be at Webster University with the largest incoming class of freshmen students,” Arnold said. “I look forward to working with the alumni and friends to grow scholarships, endowments and program enrichments.”

Arnold has built a reputation for outstanding results during her 20 years of professional experience in the St. Louis region. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and was honored as the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Most Influential Business Woman” in 2010 and has also been honored with the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive in 2006.

Before joining Webster, she was president of the Mercy Health Foundation, leading all aspects of fundraising and capital campaigns for more than 19 hospital foundations in seven states. Previously, she was the Missouri Botanical Garden’s vice president of Institutional Advancement, leading a team that managed its annual membership program while developing the successful “Stewards of the Earth” campaign.

Additionally, Arnold serves on the board for the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis and is a member of St. Louis Forum.  

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