[Video] Spring Convocation 2015 Focuses on New Strategic Plan

| January 23, 2015
Luhr Building

President Stroble welcomed community members to the Luhr building, which some remembered as their library before Emerson Library opened in 2003.

Webster University’s 2015 Spring Convocation took place Thursday, Jan. 15, in a historic venue: The Luhr Building on the Eden Seminary campus, the original home of the Eden-Webster Library System and the site of a partnership between Webster and Eden that dates back to the 1960s.

As Webster celebrates its Centennial year, this convocation focused on the roadmap for the institution’s second century: the Strategic Plan, now in its final stages after an 18-month formal planning process, which itself followed many months of teamwork by hundreds of Webster students, faculty, staff and trustees.

In their Convocation remarks, President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Julian Z. Schuster recalled that teamwork as well as some of the already on-going initiatives that fit the strategic plan.

Stroble also discussed the history of the Luhr Building and called its use “a success for our community,” nodding to the years of partnership with Eden Seminary that have included library holdings first at the Luhr in 1969, and transitioning to the Emerson Library in 2003. Webster purchased the Luhr building in 2010. Staff from Information Technology and the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence are moving into Luhr this spring.

Schuster Convocation

Schuster provided updates and a thank you to all those who helped make the new Strategic Plan a reality.

New Endowed Professorship, Strategic Plan Updates

Stroble announced several developments in diversifying revenue sources through external support. Among them: Webster University’s second endowed professorship. Larry and Jinny Browning have donated $1 million to Webster University to establish the Laurance L. Browning, Jr. Endowed Professorship in Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences.

“These successes would not be possible without the strength of Webster’s programs, which are worthy of a donor’s support,” Stroble said. “For that, I thank all of you and want you to know that we will continue these kinds of efforts.”

Schuster discussed the extension of existing agreements and enrollment growth in China, as well as recent external recognitions for Webster’s online programs, community service, and academic excellence among its student athletes.

Hellerud introduced members of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, four of whom also presented on the plan's themes.

Hellerud introduced members of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, four of whom also presented on the plan’s themes.

Before introducing Vice Provost Nancy Hellerud, chair of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, to share updates on the latest version of the strategic plan draft, Schuster recalled the work the community has put into the plan, even predating the formal planning process.

“Your input, your objections, your suggestions and constructive criticism have been key ingredients to this process,” Schuster said.

“From the Working Groups and GLA, to the program and site reviews, to attendance and feedback at town halls and the day-to-day activity that went into our 2015 stretch goals, this was hard work. It demonstrates this community’s capacity to come together and truly become, as the plan outlines, a network of academic and operational excellence.”

Members of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee were invited to stand and be recognized for their work, now nearly complete.

Members of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee were invited to stand and be recognized for their work, now nearly complete.

Hellerud introduced the entire Steering Committee before members of the four theme teams gave brief presentations on those specific themes and their objectives:

  • Margie Muthukumaru, director, Enterprise Information Systems, Information Technology, addressed Global Innovation through Inclusive Leadership
  • Eric Rothenbuehler, dean, School of Communications, addressed Global Student-Centered Experience
  • Warren Rosenblum, associate professor, History, Politics & International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences, addressed a Network of Academic and Operational Excellence
  • John Costello, director, Creative Services, Global Marketing & Communications, addressed Strategic and Sustainable Development

(The draft of the plan was presented to the Board of Trustees at their meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22.)

Video Replay

Convocation was streamed live on the web for the worldwide campus audience. If you missed it, you can watch a full replay, including remarks from the president, provost, vice provost and strategic plan presenters, at the top of this post or via this direct link. Also, the video about the strategic planning process shown during Convocation is viewable within that broadcast or separately via this direct link.

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