Historical dates: 2000s


  • 2000: U.S. News & World Report magazine listed Webster University as one of the top 31 Midwest Regional Schools in the country. Webster was also recognized as a Best Value among Midwest Regional Universities.
  • 2000: The Webster Athletics Department won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Award for the first time in the University‘s history.
  • 2000: On Sept. 11 President Meyers announced the naming of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts—the first named college in Webster University history. Dr. Gerdine was president of the University from 1970 to 1990.
  • 2000: The Career Center launched Career Connections, an online job listing and resume system for students, alumni, and employers.
  • 2000: Webster‘s Vienna campus received accreditation from the Austrian Accreditation Council. Graduates now earn dual U.S./Austrian degrees.
  • 2001: On June 25 construction began on an expansion and renovation of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts.
  • 2001: Carla Rinaldi joined the faculty as the first Des Lee Visiting International Scholar. An expert in the Reggio Emilia method of early childhood education, Rinaldi taught in the School of Education.
  • 2001: The University established the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the start of the academic year.
  • 2001: On Sept. 1, the University acquired the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School from the symphony and saved the hallmark institution, now known as the Community Music School of Webster University, from shutting down.
  • 2001: The Garden Park Plaza opened on Sept. 27. The 709-space parking structure will also eventually house University offices on its ground level, including the Bookstore, Career Services, Evening Student Admissions and Academic Advising.
  • 2001: The American Society for Industrial Security and Webster University agreed to launch an online M.A. program in Security Management on Oct. 7. Classes began in Spring 2002.
  • 2001: Beginning Nov. 12, the University offered online registration to students for the first time.
  • 2002 For the first time, a congressional appropriations bill earmarked funds for Webster University. The bill, which was signed by President Bush, stated that Webster would receive $1.16 million to support the new "global access library." The funding came to the University through the government‘s Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • 2002: President Richard S. Meyers announced the opening of the University‘s 100th campus at WingHaven in St. Charles County, Missouri. Classes began in August.
  • 2002: The $5.4 million renovation and expansion of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts was completed in the spring.
  • 2002: The University opened an extended campus in Shenzhen, its second campus in China.
  • 2003: The University celebrated the opening of the five-story, 71,500-square-foot, $21 million Emerson Library.
  • 2003: The University celebrated the closing of its comprehensive campaign, The New Tradition: For Changing Times, For Changing Lives. The campaign raised more than $44 million—exceeding its goal by $14 million—and helped fund construction of the Emerson Library, the Garden Park Plaza and the Loretto-Hilton Center expansion.
  • 2003: Recognizing his more than 29 years of service to the University, the University Board of Trustees honored George Herbert Walker III with a special citation declaring him a life trustee.
  • 2003: The University opened an extended campus in Chengdu, its third campus in China.
  • 2003: The College of Arts and Sciences announced the formation of a prestigious advisory board chaired by Julian Seeherman, former chairman of the board of Venture Stores.
  • 2004: In May the University signed a lease agreement for 32,502 sq. feet of space in the Old Post Office in St. Louis. The Old Post Office will house the Downtown St. Louis facilities and staff, with classes starting there in Spring 2006.
  • 2004: New academic programs include: BS in Finance, BS in Business Administration, dual BS/MS in Finance, MBA in International Relations, MBA Certificate in Global Commerce, Certificate in Web Services, and several new online programs (Procurement, Media Communications).
  • 2004: The Master of Arts in Management program became the Master of Arts in Management and Leadership.
  • 2004: The following metropolitan campuses relocated to newly completed modern facilities with contemporary instructional technology: Sarasota (FL), Lakeland (FL), Westport Plaza (St. Louis, MO), Denver (CO), and Louisville (KY).
  • 2004: The Campus Dining Services opened the renovated Marletto‘s Marketplace in St. Louis, replacing the cafeteria with multiple stations containing healthful, nutritional food options.
  • 2004: The University created the World Traveler program, in which qualified students throughout the University may receive free round-trip airfare to support their study abroad at a Webster campus.
  • 2004: Webster University secured licensure and authorization to initiate academic programs in four new states: Georgia, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Virginia.
  • 2004: The University‘s Study Abroad Program was designated as a Program to Look For in the annual rankings by “America’s Best Colleges” by US News & World Report (2005 edition). The rankings also placed Webster University in the first tier of Midwest Schools for Best Universities - Masters.
  • 2004: New Study Abroad semester programs for undergraduates were established in Japan Studies (in Osaka, Japan) and in Chinese Studies (Shanghai, China).
  • 2005: In February the Jeffersonville IN campus relocated to Louisville, KY.
  • 2005: A groundbreaking ceremony was held in April for the University's new residence halls at the main campus.
  • 2005: August saw the launch of Webster‘s Connections Portal as a single point of access to all the electronic services that Webster University offers faculty, students and staff worldwide. It integrates e-mail, online courses, online registration, grade entry, and billing information into a single web-based interface that can be accessed from any internet-capable computer.
  • 2005: In August Webster Geneva officially opened the new Living and Learning Center, a multi-purpose facility with student accommodations, plus classrooms, offices, a commons room, fitness center, and student recreations facilities.
  • 2005: In September President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, a 1991 School of Business and Technology graduate of the Leavenworth Army Base campus, visited the Webster Groves campus, spoke to an enthusiastic audience and received an honorary doctorate of laws.
  • 2005: Academic Programs added during 2005 include MA in Patent Agency, Global MA in International Relations, BA in American Studies, BA in International Human Rights, and Certificate in Buddhist Studies.
  • 2006: The Old Post Office opened for classes in Spring 2006.
  • 2006: In May Webster clinched the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) All Sports Award for the sixth time in seven years.
  • 2006: Construction on two new dorms was completed in summer 2006. East and West Halls opened for students in Fall 2006.
  • 2006: The Holden Public Policy Forum kicked off in May with Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as the first speaker. Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, adjunct professor in the School of Business and Technology, organized the bipartisan series that will bring national leaders to speak at the Old Post Office campus in St. Louis.
  • 2006: New campuses in 2006 include two partners in St. Louis, BJC Healthcare and Ameren UE, and Camp Bullis in Texas.
  • 2006: New academic programs include: Global MA in International Relations; MA in Professional Science Management and Leadership; MA in International Nongovernmental Organizations; and Certificates in Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader, Healthcare Education and Healthcare Leadership; MBA with Emphasis in Web Services; MS in Finance (replaces MA in Finance), MHA – Master of Health Administration (replacing MA in Health Services Management); MA in Advertising and Marketing; MA in Communications Management; MA in Media Literacy and MA in Public Relations.
  • 2007 The Community Music School of Webster University celebrated the opening of its new building on the St. Louis campus with a Gala on April 15.
  • 2007: The Tampa Bay Metro campus opened in May.
  • 2007: On October 8, Ambassador George Herbert Walker III donated $10 million to Webster University‘s School of Business and Technology.
  • 2007: In Fall 2007 the Webster University Press was established under the auspices of Emerson Library.
  • 2007: In December Webster University‘s School of Education received professional accreditation at the undergraduate and graduate educator preparation program levels from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • 2007: In December Webster University was named by Military Advanced Education as a Top Ten School for Military Students, defined as "schools that are significant players in military education, whether for number of military contracts, number of military students served, availability of financial aid and scholarships, or other 'military¬friendly' qualities."
  • 2008: As a result of a successful Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation visit in April-March, 2008, Webster University received the maximum ten-year accreditation approval.
  • 2008: Spring 1 was the first term using WorldClassRoom to web enhance all classes.
  • 2008: Dr. Richard S. Meyers resigned in February as President of the University. Dr. Neil J. George was named Interim President.
  • 2008: The Strategic Plan "Vision 2020", including a revised Mission, Vision and Core Values were approved by the Board of Trustees in April 2008.
  • 2008: The School of Business and Technology launched the Global MBA, an 11-month, five-country global immersion program in Fall 2008. The School of Business and Technology also revised its Computer Science programs to include a BS in Information Management and a BS in Information Systems. The School of Communications added an Animation major. The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts had Master Classes presented by actress Lynn Redgrave, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and soprano Christine Brewer.
  • 2008: In Fall 2008 the University achieved ACBSP (Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs) accreditation for its business and management programs.
  • 2008: In August 2008 Webster University‘s Year of International Human Rights was launched with a photo exhibit by Dan Eldon, and with talks by Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, and Curtis Roosevelt, grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • 2009: The Confucius Institute opened in February 2009 at the Old Post Office campus. The non-profit organization, the first in Missouri, offers Mandarin language classes and classes in Chinese culture, plus educational camps and trips to China.
  • 2009: In March the Webster University Press Published "Massoud: An Intimate Portrait of the Legendary Afghan Leader" by Webster Alumna Marcela Grad.
  • 2009: In May, Webster held is 90th Commencement ceremony at The Muny, the 11,000 seat outdoor theatre in St. Louis‘s Forest Park.
  • 2009: Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Stroble became Webster University‘s 11th president in July.
  • 2009: In August, the College of Arts & Sciences dedicated the 2009-10 academic year as the Year of International Human Rights 2009-10: The Right to Food and Water.
  • 2009: New academic programs: New Graduate online degrees include MS in Environmental Management, MA in Gerontology, MS in U.S. Patent Practice, MS in Bioinformatics, and MA in Media Literacy. New Undergraduate online degree completion programs include Nursing, Media Communications and Religious Studies. New programs in the School of Education include MA in Special Education, MA in Reading and MA in Math Education.

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