President Barack Obama: 

“Throughout our Nation’s history, our universities have opened doors of opportunity; fostered an informed, engaged society; and connected cultures around the globe. Since your community laid the cornerstone for Webster Hall in 1915, Webster University has carried forward this American tradition.”

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, proclaimed Sept. 19, 2014, as Webster University Centennial Day. The proclamation states: 

“The university was lauded as one of the first Catholic women’s colleges west of the Mississippi River, and today is a lay private non-profit university with expanded access to all. It is an institution with campuses in eight countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, serving 22,000 students and with an alumni network of more than 160,000, including more than 40,000 living in the St. Louis region.

Webster University is an economic engine that infuses $240 million annually into the St. Louis regional economy, annually hosts more than 200 plays, concerts, lectures, recitals, festivals and film screenings, is home to the nationally ranked Division III college baseball team and the national championship chess team, and has alumni who have won Oscars, Tonys, Grammys, Pulitzers and Nobel Prizes. Webster University is an institution with one of the most diverse student populations in the nation.”

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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