Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, President
Welcome to a new year and a new century for Webster University. We have just concluded our year-long celebration of Webster’s first 100 years – a tradition of transforming ourselves to meet the needs of an ever-more-inclusive and diverse community of students.
Our founders, the Sisters of Loretto, created a college for women before women’s suffrage and laid the foundation for a university focused on meeting students’ needs. The first class graduated two young women. This year, we will graduate nearly 6,000 – men and women, civilian and service members, traditional undergrads, and working adults, from diverse economic, social and cultural backgrounds. Our many campuses are a true reflection of our larger world.
I am pleased to report that, thanks to our generous supporters, we capped off our centennial celebration by establishing the Next Century Leaders Scholarship with $1.2 million in donations – the largest initial endowment for a new scholarship in Webster’s history. This fund will provide critical support to Webster students – students whose talent and desire to learn often outpace their financial resources.
With this Next Century Leaders Scholarship, we proudly begin our next 100 years.
From our origins as an institution that provided unparalleled opportunity for women west or the Mississippi, we have grown to educate women and men around the globe to make a difference in the world. We will continue to do so.
In our first 100 years, we learned the strength of resilience. Like the students we attract, Webster’s programming today still resiliently responds to contemporary demands and creates a prosperous future by adhering to timeless values while making thoughtful and audacious choices.
We continue to value partnerships. Whether they are with alumni, donors, faculty, staff, nations, governments, corporate and community partners, and our students themselves, together we create the educational opportunities and the University that the world needs.
Our commitment to our mission remains resolute, as does our connection with the communities that Webster, our students and our alumni call home.