Wiley Named to Position of University Secretary; Rein to Return to Deanship

| June 6, 2013

Jeanelle Wiley, executive assistant to the Webster University president, has been named to succeed Laura Rein as University Secretary.

Following a two-year leave of absence from her position as dean of the Webster University Libraries to establish the formal office of the University Secretary, Rein will return to her former position as dean of University Libraries and new role as director of the Global Leadership Academy. Rein will also resume her editorship of the Webster University Press.

The office of the University Secretary supports all official business conducted by the Board of Trustees, maintains records of all trustee and trustee committee meetings, keeps records of actions taken by trustees and provides assistance in interpreting policies and matters of jurisdiction and governance. All official correspondence with the trustees is coordinated through this office. The office also handles issues addressing institutional governance, legal affairs and institutional sponsorships.

“Jeanelle Wiley was an obvious choice to move into this position,” said Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “Over the past four years, she has developed strong and positive working relationships with Webster University’s board members and valuable knowledge of the institution, as well as many partner organizations. This, combined with her paralegal background and experience as an educator, are assets that will serve Webster well.”

Wiley, who started at Webster in 2009, brings over 20 years experience to the position. She is a graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she received a bachelor’s degree in French and International Management and received certification in Business and Economics from Institut Catholique in Paris. She started her career as a high school teacher and went on to receive teacher certification in French from Washington University. Wiley also received certification in paralegal studies from Boston University and has more than 15 years of legal experience working with St. Louis area law firms. “I look forward to this new challenge and opportunity,” she said.

“Laura has been tremendously helpful as we launched the formal Office of the University Secretary,” Stroble said. “Her proven track record of strong leadership and organizational skills and her extensive experience in policy development made her the ideal choice to launch this effort.”

The transition is expected to be effective in August.

“We are pleased to have Laura back in the dean’s position,” said Webster University Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Julian Schuster. “I am also extremely grateful to Eileen Condon, who has done an excellent job as acting dean.”

Condon will be promoted to the new role of senior associate dean of University Libraries and resume her role as co-editor of the Webster University Press.

Rein said she appreciated the opportunity. “It has been my privilege these past two years to help establish the Office of the University Secretary and to implement policies and practices that enable our leadership and Board of Trustees to fulfill their responsibilities effectively and efficiently.

“During my tenure as University Secretary, I experienced new leadership perspectives as I was able to work closely with the president and provost as we launched the Global Leadership Academy. Now I am taking this valuable experience back to my first professional passion, the library, where I will resume my close contact with faculty and students.”


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  1. Tamara Minley says:


  2. Dear Jeanelle Wiley,

    Congratulations! You are indeed deserving. I look forward to catching up soon.

    Your colleague and friend,