Stroble Tapped for National Committee on Future of Independent Colleges

President Elizabeth "Beth" Stroble The CIC is a high profile steering committee of university presidents charged with assessing the future of independent colleges

ST. LOUIS (JUNE 19, 2014) - The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has named Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, PhD, to serve on a new, high profile steering committee of university presidents charged with assessing the future of independent colleges. The committee, made up of 22 college and university presidents from the CIC 625 member institutions, will examine institutional missions, long-term strategic plans and new business models that retain the student-centered nature of independent colleges.

“We anticipate this project will provide an opportunity for CIC’s members to exercise more visible leadership in the national conversation of what it means to offer a high-quality education in the 21st century,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.

The panel is a joint project of the CIC and the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. The steering committee will begin its work this fall.

Stroble was named President of Webster University in 2009. Under her leadership, Webster has advanced global academic and operational excellence through strategic investments in additional new faculty, and new academic facilities and technology infrastructure. Her focus has been on building a sustainable global institution and in 2012, Webster completed the largest comprehensive capital campaign in its history. Since she took the helm at Webster, the  University has more than doubled its endowment and significantly increased scholarship support for students while opening its newest international campus in Accra, Ghana.

Active with many organizations, Stroble is a board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities, a member of International Association of University Presidents, and the International Women's Forum. She is a member of the Council on Competitiveness and serves as a vice chair of the American Council on Education's (ACE) Commission on Leadership.

In St. Louis, Stroble serves on the boards of Mercy Hospital St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Urban League of St. Louis, St. Louis Science Center, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Opera Theatre St. Louis, the Repertory Theatre, Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis, The Muny, and the Webster Community Arts Foundation. She is a member of the St. Louis Forum.

“We are delighted that Dr. Stroble has been appointed to this prestigious committee that will wrestle with some of the higher education industry’s most pressing issues,” said Steven O. Swyers, retired Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. and Chair of the Webster University Board of Trustees. “Through this leadership, Webster will have a national voice in establishing a direction for the future for all private non-profit colleges and universities.”

Stroble has been an active member of CIC and the organization’s Presidents Institute. In 2013, she spoke at a CIC conference on the topic of international branch campuses, strategic partnerships and risk management. Earlier this year, Stroble presented “Assuring Quality in Online Learning Programs” at a workshop during the 2014 CIC Presidents Institute meeting. Also in 2014, Stroble will participate in a CIC workshop for new college and university presidents, presenting on the topic of retention and student success.

About Webster University

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

About the Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.  

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