Patricia Arnold Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Missouri Botanical Garden

Apr. 10, 2019

Patricia Arnold Returning to Botanical Garden
Patricia Arnold

Webster University Vice President for Advancement Patricia Arnold has been named to the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Arnold will report directly to the Botanical Garden’s president, Peter Wyse Jackson, and lead the institution’s fundraising and membership operations for the Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and Sachs Butterfly House.

Arnold joined Webster University in January 2017 initially as interim vice president before being named to her current position later that year. Under her leadership, overall giving to the University increased in the areas of annual giving, capital gifts and endowment funds. She also secured donor support for Browning Hall, the interdisciplinary science building, as well as renovations to the Sverdrup Complex.

“Patty brought valuable experience and energy to Webster and its high-performing advancement team,” said President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “We thank her for her contributions and wish her great success as she rejoins another historic St. Louis institution.”

“A renewed focus on student scholarships truly blossomed under Patty’s leadership, and the legacy of her and the Advancement team’s work will be felt at Webster for years to come in the growth and success of our students,” said Julian Schuster, Webster’s provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer.

“I have enjoyed my time at Webster University,” Arnold said. “This is a unique and special place with an impressive culture of learning and continued growth. I will miss the many dedicated and loyal Webster alumni, donors, Board members and students. It has been an honor to work with an exceptional Advancement team. I look forward to following the many successes to come at Webster!”

Arnold’s last day at Webster will be April 19. Community members can bid farewell at a reception on Thursday, April 18, 3:30-5 p.m. in Loretto Hall 401.

Arnold brought more than 20 years of experience in St. Louis to Webster. She arrived after serving as president of the Mercy Health Foundation, where she was responsible for all aspects of fundraising for more than 19 hospital foundations in seven states. She also previously served as the Missouri Botanical Garden’s vice president of Institutional Advancement. She 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.

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