‘Webster Works: The Campaign for Webster University’ Launches

| September 16, 2010

Webster Works: The Campaign for Webster University

President Stroble announces the public phase of 'Webster Works: The Campaign for Webster University.'

On a bright September afternoon in the Webster University Quad, President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble cited some old wisdom as she rallied the University community around the new capital campaign:

“There’s an ancient proverb: ‘Without vision, the people perish,'” Stroble said. “Certainly it’s also true that without people, the vision perishes. So we need all of you.”

And so the public phase of the campaign was launched, with representatives from the Webster Board of Trustees, the administration, faculty, staff, student body and donors on hand to celebrate.

“Webster Works: The Campaign for Webster University” is a $55-million fund-raising effort geared to transform the University with much-needed new classroom space — the first addition of such space since 1987 — funds to grow the endowment, and deeper support for university-wide initiatives such as scholarships and co-curricular activities. [Community members can keep up with campaign news and giving opportunities at the official campaign website.]

Bert Walker with Webster students, Tiffani Palmer, left, and Nadia Battle, who spoke at the campaign launch.

President Stroble announced that $45 million has been raised to date, with the full goal of $55 million to be raised by Dec. 31, 2011.

Those funds could not have been raised without the help of key University trustees and friends, many of whom were in attendance.

That group includes the University’s only two life trustees, George Herbert Walker III and Laurance L. Browning, Jr. — each generous donors in not only the new campaign, but also Webster’s previous campaign, which ended in 2002 and created the Emerson Library and Loretto-Hilton expansion, among other major improvements.

Campaign chair Jerry Ritter

Campaign chair and University board member Jerry Ritter spoke, calling Webster University “vital to the economic life of St. Louis, our region, our nation and the world.”

Chairman of the Board Mark Burkhart spoke of the pressing need for new classroom and academic space. He also thanked President Stroble for doing an “unbelievable” job in her first year as President.

When new provost and senior vice president Julian Schuster spoke, he elaborated on what drew him to Webster, calling the University “a student- and learning-centered community that is preparing students for citizenship in a global society.”

Life Trustee George Herbert Walker III speaks with Congressman Russ Carnahan.

Two student beneficiaries of that previous campaign, Nadia Battle, a current MBA student from Boca Raton, Fla., and Tiffani Palmer, current Biology-Biotechnology student from St. Charles, Mo., were on stage with Stroble, Ritter, Burkhart and Schuster.

They spoke of the need for new classroom space to serve Webster’s growing MBA program, as well as new lab space to serve Webster’s biology majors — who have tripled in the last five years.

U.S. Congressman Russ Carnahan was also on hand, calling Webster University “world-renowned, but close to home,” and adding that times like these call for students like those coming out of Webster, who are prepared for global citizenship.

“What an ideal time to build on your core mission,” Carnahan said.

To keep up with the latest campaign news and find out ways to give, please visit the official site for Webster Works: The Campaign for Webster University.

*All photos in this post taken by Claudia Burris, Office of Marketing

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