President’s Fall Convocation

| August 20, 2010

President Stroble displays a plate representing "infrastructure," one of six plates on Webster's table this academic year. Photo by Claudia Burris

President Beth Stroble opened the University’s academic year August 19 with a comprehensive discussion about where Webster currently stands and the steps needed as we move forward.

Using her favorite TV program, the Food Network’s “Chopped,” as a metaphor, Stroble said Webster needs focus, preparation, talent, perseverance, adaptability and creativity, plus performance at a very high level to accomplish the goal of moving to the next level.

President Stroble shows a screen shot from an episode of Food Network's "Chopped," to illustrate a point.

“In as high-pressured and high-stakes an environment as that face-off among the top chefs, how are we going to compare, how are we going to improve, how are we going to lead and how are we going to win,” she said. Fortunately, unlike those chefs, we don’t have to work alone. We do have assistance. We can build community as a team of Webster competitors because we are all chefs in the Webster kitchen.”

However, we don’t have the luxury of preparing just one dish at a time, Stroble said, defining the six metaphorical plates that Webster has to prepare at the same time and at the same competitive level: infrastructure; serving students; investing in human resources; partnerships; globalization and enhancing reputation.

“I also think we need to express a particular focus…one that’s uniquely Webster, a point of view that brings coherence to our work, across colleges, programs, degree programs, geographic sites and across academics and administrative units.”

View video of President Stroble’s Convocation Remarks

Academic deans and vice presidents prepare to introduce faculty and staff members who joined the University community this year. Photo by Claudia Burris

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