Historical dates: 1990s


  • 1990: Dr. Leigh Gerdine resigned as President of Webster University. He was succeeded by Dr. Daniel Perlman.
  • 1991: A new sculpture studio, constructed as an addition to the Visual Arts Building (formerly the College School) on Big Bend Boulevard, was opened in September.
  • 1992: The $5 million University Center—housing a gymnasium, swimming pool, health facility, student union, meeting rooms, and snack bar, and designed to complement the Sverdrup Complex—was completed in August.
  • 1992: The Lockwood Farm Neighborhood Association, consisting of most homeowners in an area southeast of the University, sold its property to Webster University, increasing the size of the University‘s home campus by approximately one-third.
  • 1992: An addition to the Loretto-Hilton Center was completed.
  • 1992: In October, Webster‘s campus in Geneva, Switzerland, constructed two buildings at the five-acre site. The buildings included 22 classrooms, a library, a computer lab, and a student lounge.
  • 1992: Black Issues in Higher Education identified the University as graduating more African Americans with master‘s degrees than any other school in the United States. The University continues to be the top not-for-profit institution with regard to master‘s degrees awarded to African American students.
  • 1992: The University established the School of Business and Management.
  • 1993: Webster Village was formed out of part of the Lockwood Farms acquisition. The village includes student theme houses, administrative offices, and offices for campus organizations.
  • 1994: Dr. Daniel Perlman, President of Webster University, passed away.
  • 1994: Dr. Richard S. Meyers was named as tenth president of Webster University.
  • 1994: The University announced a partnership with Regent‘s College in London, England and moved the Webster London campus to the Regent‘s College campus.
  • 1994: The University announced the formation of the College of Fine Arts.
  • 1995: The University announced the formation of the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.
  • 1995: Money Magazine’s 1995 Money Guide named the University one of the nation‘s top 20 commuter schools.
  • 1995: Students, faculty, and staff participated in the first WebsterWorksWorldwide, a community volunteer day at each of Webster‘s campuses.
  • 1996: The University completed its academic reorganization to reflect the size and scope of its academic programs. The School of Communications opened, joining the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the School of Business and Technology and the School of Education as one of five academic divisions.
  • 1996: The University opened its campus in Shanghai, China, in partnership with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, on Nov. 14.
  • 1996: The University opened its new, enlarged Vienna campus, a 2,400-square-meter facility near the banks of the Danube, on Nov. 22.
  • 1996: An anonymous donor enlarged the endowment of the Sisters of Loretto Founders Scholarship, which was established in 1991, with a $1 million gift. The gift established and endowed the Sister Gabriel Hoare Scholarship Fund for Art students, the Sister Mary Mangan Scholarship Fund for History and Government students, a Scholarship Fund for Liberal Arts and Sciences students, a Scholarship Fund for Theatre students, and a Scholarship Fund for Music students.
  • 1996: The Eden-Webster Library's new Passports access system made available a virtual library of research tools and journal access to Webster students worldwide.
  • 1997: Webster University, in a collaborative project with its neighbor, Webster Groves High School, began using 12 high school classrooms for evening classes.
  • 1997: The Webster University African-American alumni chapter was established.
  • 1997: A grassy quadrangle was created behind the Sverdrup Complex as a central campus gathering place.
  • 1997: On March 1, Webster's first drag ball was held. The event raised money for the St. Louis Effort for AIDS.
  • 1998 Webster‘s first efforts in international on-line education began with the Collaborative Teaching and Learning Pilot Project in January 1998. Five courses with four sections each opened to students at Leiden, Geneva, London, and Vienna, as well as six U.S. campuses. Collaborative Learning preceded a complete on-line M.B.A. program, which went into effect in September 1999.
  • 1998: On the home campus, Webster‘s international students were honored with a permanent display of 20 national flags representing those nations with the most students at Webster.
  • 1998: Webster Village Apartments, the University‘s newest student housing, opened on the site of the 1992 Lockwood Farm Neighborhood Association property acquisition. The complex was officially dedicated on Sept. 24.
  • 1999: On February 25, the University formally announced the establishment of the second extended campus in Asia, in Cha-am, Thailand. Classes began in August.
  • 1999: The City of Webster Groves approved a 25-year master plan for St. Louis in March.
  • 1999: The New Tradition: For Changing Times, For Changing Lives, the University's $30 million comprehensive campaign, was publicly launched on April 28.
  • 1999: Mrs. Beatrice Kornblum presented the University with a gift of more than $2.4 million, at that time the largest in the University's history, for the establishment of the Beatrice and David Kornblum Institute for Teaching Excellence in the School of Education.
  • 1999: The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights was formed.

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