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Bangkok Center

Webster University Thailand’s city campus has announced its relocation to a 694 square meters of space at The Empire Tower on Sathorn Road. Also known as the Bangkok Academic Center, this new location puts the University in the heart of Bangkok’s vibrant central business district.

Palais Wenkheim

Webster University students, alumni, faculty and staff of the Vienna campus celebrated its new home in the Palais Wenkheim with a festive reception last fall.

Decisions, Decisions

Accra, Athens or Florence? New Webster campuses in these international cities are offering our study abroad students a dizzying choice of cultures to experience and sights to see.

Luhr Re-Opens

The Luhr Building in Webster Groves has reopened. After being empty since 2010, the building is the new home to Webster University’s Information Technology department and the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), which hosts the University’s national-champion chess team.

Gateway Campus

Webster University announced a partnership with lead developer Dominium Development and multiple commercial enterprises to complete the final piece of the Old Post Office Square redevelopment in downtown St. Louis, with Webster serving as the anchor tenant of a $116 million renovation of the historic Arcade Building.

Game Changers

For the third year in a row, Webster’s chess team won the President’s Cup, also known as the Final Four of College Chess. Now, the No. 1-ranked collegiate chess team is sharing its expertise with the St. Louis community.

Gorlok Greats

Five alumni were recently inducted into the 2015 class of Webster’s Athletics Hall of Fame, and Webster alumna Helen Manion Comer, ’51, received the first Athletics Pioneer Award.

Good Sports

The Webster University baseball team wound up ranked 8th nationally in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball final NCAA III poll for 2015.  The Gorloks (34-15) jumped from No. 24 in the final regular season poll to No. 8 on the backs of their Central Regional Championship and their third World Series appearance in four years.

New High For SLIAC

The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has released its 2015 Spring All-Academic Team and Webster University had 29 student-athletes earn the honor, the highest number for the Gorloks ever for a Spring team.  The Gorlok baseball team led the way with eight members having the required 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for eligibility.

Career Builders

Webster is launching 10 new certificate programs for adults with college degrees who seek additional training to advance in their careers. The new programs, which reflect recent changes in society – from technological advancements to shifting demographics – are designed to be stand-alone or a stepping stone to an advanced degree.

Market-Responsive

From the latest in biotechnology and mobile computing, to mastering the art of leading organizations through change, Webster is launching nine new programs as it enters its second century in the Fall 2015 semester.

Cyber Lab

Webster University is broadening its spectrum of research and resources for global security professionals. The newly created Webster University Cyberspace Research Institute (CRI) offers digital laboratories for Institute members, students and faculty to explore the most current cyberspace and security issues and threats.

Akande Named President of Westminster College; Johnson Named Interim Dean of Walker School

Benjamin Akande and Thomas Johnson
Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and chief of the Office of Corporate Partnerships, has been named the new president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He began his new post July 1. Akande started at Webster in 2000 and served as tenured faculty member, as well as in administrative leadership.

Thomas Johnson, associate vice president and chief of strategic initiatives at Webster, has been named interim dean of the Walker School, effective immediately. Since arriving at Webster in 2012, Johnson has spearheaded several strategic initiatives, including identifying and executing market- and student-responsive opportunities such as the creation of Webster’s cybersecurity program.

“I congratulate Benjamin on his appointment as Westminster’s president,” said Webster President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “His ability to forge relationships is remarkable and his leadership in building the Office of Corporate Partnerships has made a difference for Webster.”

“As the leader of Webster’s largest college, Benjamin has played a pivotal role in the development of the Walker School as we know it today,” said Julian Schuster, Webster University’s provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “His international experience and strong leadership will serve him well in his new position.”

Schuster said Johnson is a natural fit to lead the Walker School during this leadership transition. “His work with academic programs and faculty at Webster, as well as his extensive previous experience in higher education, in the governmental sector and in science and technology will serve Webster’s largest school well.

Faculty Farewells

Five beloved members of the Webster University faculty retired at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

They include:
To say they will be missed is an understatement. As a group, they have spent an astounding 179 years in the classroom teaching and sharing their wisdom with thousands of Webster students. Take a look at their remarkable careers.