President Stroble Receives Norman Stack Award from St. Louis JCRC

President Stroble was honored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis last month

ST. LOUIS, JUNE 11, 2013 - Webster University President Elizabeth “Beth” Stroble received the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

The award was established 25 years ago to honor St. Louis community leaders who made significant contributions to interfaith understanding, intergroup relations and social justice. It's named after the former executive director of the JCRC.

“I am grateful to the colleagues, trustees, friends of Webster who are present with me today – too numerous to mention – for the leadership they provide in this community and many others, modeling for our students what it means to live an engaged life,” Stroble said at the awards ceremony. “It is our collective intent to engage our world, member by member, community by community, to meet unmet needs, to transform the world and ourselves.”

Stroble was selected for the award for her “immediate positive impact for Webster University and for her new community of St. Louis,” a statement from the JCRC said.

Stroble, who was named president of Webster University in 2009, previously was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2010 as one of St. Louis' most influential businesswomen. In 2011, she received the St Louis Argus' Distinguished Citizen Award, and last year was recognized by the St. Louis NAACP as an inspiring leader.

Past recipients of the Norman A. Stack award include Opera Theatre of St. Louis General Manager Timothy O'Leary, Dr. Ghazala Hayat from the Islamic Foundation of St. Louis, and Fontbonne University President Dennis Golden.

Stroble was recognized alongside Hilary Cedergreen, who was awarded the Michael N. and Barbara Newmark JCRC Emerging Leader Award, and Marshay Coleman, who was awarded the Milton I. and Merle K. Goldstein 2013 Scholarship.

The awards were presented during the 75th annual Jewish Community Relations Council meetings on May 22 at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel.