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Brenda Fyfe, Ed.D., Dean Emeritus

Throughout her 35 years at Webster – the past 15 as dean -- Brenda Fyfe has been a major influencer on education in St. Louis. During her tenure as dean, she oversaw and supported the re-design of MAT programs, the development of several new master’s degree programs, and a doctoral program to meet emerging needs. She led the school in becoming one of the top educational institutions for preparing educators in teaching English as a second language for children and adults, and has tirelessly advocated for Reggio Emilia Education, a European-style of pre-school education that encourages children to explore and test the boundaries of their knowledge. Today, dozens of early childhood programs throughout the region now offer Reggio Emilia-inspired education, and Fyfe is recognized as one of the foremost experts in the country on the educational approach.

Read “Brenda Fyfe Leaves Behind a Strong Legacy of Community Partnerships and Academic Leadership”

Ted Hoef, Dean Emeritus

After 25 years of service at Webster University, Ted Hoef, associate vice president and Dean of Students, announced his retirement. Hoef joined Webster in 1992 as the first director of the University Center. Three years later, he assumed the role of Dean of Students, where he and his staff worked tirelessly to assist students, faculty, staff and campus administration with questions or concerns regarding policies and procedures, and help identify the appropriate campus resources to resolve student issues. Among his many contributions to Webster, Hoef is credited with the development of the Dean Service Award, Student Affairs Hall of Fame and First Generation programming, which were created to highlight student engagement, leadership and service.

Read a “Farewell from the Dean of Students”

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Laura Rein, Dean Emeritus

With 22 years of service, Dean of University Library Laura Rein, is an outstanding leader in higher education whose extensive experience provides crucial library resources and services to Webster University at the home campus in St. Louis, online and at extended site. Rein was crucial in the opening of the Emerson Library at Webster University in 2003 and served as co-project director for a $1.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that established the Faculty Development Center and helped fund the technology infrastructure of the library. In 2007, she was named Editor-in-Chief of the newly established Webster University Press, which serves as a vehicle to disseminate scholarly, educational, and creative works that support the University’s academic mission. Rein also served as the first director of Webster University’s Global Leadership Academy and was chosen to serve as the first University Secretary for the Board of Trustees upon creation of the position in 2011.