Doctor of Humanities

Through her board leadership and philanthropy, Barbara Broadhurst Taylor has long supported St. Louis’ civic and cultural organizations and been an advocate for the region’s progress.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Santiago, Chile, where her father, a U.S. Air Force colonel at the time and a highly decorated World War II pilot, was serving as chief of the military mission to Chile. Growing up, she traveled the world following her dad’s career across the United States and to South America, England and Korea.

The daughter of the late Lt. Gen. Edwin B. Broadhurst and the late Viola Seubert, Mrs. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco. 

Mrs. Taylor’s commitments to the St. Louis community include her long involvement with the Saint Louis Art Museum, for which she is an honorary trustee. She has served as the museum’s Friends Board president, a museum trustee and vice president and president of the art museum’s Board of Commissioners—a position appointed by the St. Louis County executive. 

The first woman to hold the president’s office, Mrs. Taylor played a key role in the museum’s expansion, culminating in the opening of the new East Building in 2013. 

Mrs. Taylor serves on the board and executive committee of Forest Park Forever, an organization dedicated to restoring and maintaining the largest urban park in Missouri. She has served as a trustee for Webster University, Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, the Junior League of St. Louis and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Friends Board. 

She is a member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way and a proud sponsor of the United States Navy ship USS St. Louis, which was christened in 2020. As such, she has a lifelong relationship with the ship and her crew.

Her other interests include architecture and design, landscaping, travel, sports and her two granddaughters.

Mrs. Taylor has been married to Andrew C. (Andy) Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings Inc., for 51 years. The automotive company is named after the USS Enterprise, one of the aircraft carriers on which Andy’s father, Jack Taylor, served during World War II.

Continuing a tradition of philanthropy and service that began with Jack Taylor, who founded Enterprise Holdings, Barbara and Andy have provided leadership and support to a broad range of organizations and institutions in St. Louis.

The Taylor family and Enterprise Holdings established the largest scholarship fund—Enterprise Holdings Scholars program—at Washington University with a gift of $25 million in 2001. Ten years later, during the university’s Leading Together campaign, Jack Taylor gave an additional $25 million for scholarships on behalf of the company. 

In 2015, Andy and Barbara Taylor donated $10 million to further benefit Enterprise Scholars. More than 300 Enterprise Holdings Scholars have graduated from Washington University since the program’s inception. 

In 2017, the couple contributed an additional $10 million to fund the Taylor Family Scholarship Challenge, which lifted the Leading Together campaign’s total for scholarships above $500 million, a record amount.

In addition to scholarships, Andy and Barbara Taylor and the Crawford Taylor Foundation—the charity of the Jack C. Taylor family—committed $20 million to the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in 2012 to fund the Taylor Family Institute for Innovative Psychiatric Research.

In 2019, the Taylors committed an additional $10 million to the Taylor Family Institute, which is designed to advance the science underlying the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illnesses.

In 2016, Andy and Barbara Taylor gave $21 million to the Saint Louis Art Museum to endow the museum’s directorship, which is named for Barbara. They previously provided $15 million for a new wing and sculpture garden at the museum. 

In 2009, the Taylors received the Jane and Whitney Harris St. Louis Community Service Award, which is given annually to a husband and wife dedicated to improving the St. Louis region through service, generosity and leadership. In 2018, the Taylors were recognized with Washington University’s Robert S. Brookings Award for their dedication to the university.

The Taylors live in St. Louis and have three daughters and two granddaughters.