Worth the Wait: Webster honored for support of Guard and Reserve

| June 29, 2015
ESGR Award

President Stroble and Nicole Roach, associate vice president of Diversity and Inclusion & Community Engagement, accept the award from alumnus Bob Schure, recognizing Webster’s support of Guard and Reserve employees.


The ESGR recognized Webster for working with DOD employees in the guard and reserve.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, and try again.

That’s what FBI agent and Webster alumnus Bob Schure did. Besides keeping the country safe, he also is the award coordinator for the Missouri chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR is an office in the Department of Defense that was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between members of the reserve and their civilian employers and to assist in resolving conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.

The ESGR also recognized employers with exemplary records in working with employees in the reserve. In 2012, Webster University received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from the ESGR, and Schure was tasked with presenting it to the University.

Unfortunately, the contact given to Schure for Webster was no longer employed by the University, and numerous attempts to identify a new contact failed. The award eventually was filed away as Schure moved on to other duties.

And it sat there for three years.

Until Friday. Through sheer luck, Schure met someone who knew someone who knew the number to President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble’s office. Schure presented the award to Stroble on Friday and shared stories of when he was a student at Webster University.

Webster University Support for Military Students

Webster University and the U.S. Department of Defense have worked together for over 40 years to provide high-quality, cost-effective graduate programs at military installations, online and other locations throughout the country. Webster works to personalize education to meet specific goals and schedule demands of our military students while maintaining full-time employment or actively serving in the military. Quality academic programs help military members advance in their careers or transition to private sector success. Our distinguished alumni include thousands of military personnel as well as retired military. Webster University is recognized as a Military Friendly institution and leader in adult and military education.


Category: Campus Snapshots, Military, Webster News

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  1. Jacqueline Leeker says:

    Great story! Congrats Webster. Do you have the name of the award or the location the photo was taken? Thanks so much!

    • Dominik Jansky says:

      Jacqueline, the award photo is in the post, photographed on Webster’s campus.