Henry (Hank) Webber was named the university’s first Executive Vice Chancellor for Civic Affairs and Strategic Planning in August, 2020.
Mr. Webber served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer at Washington University in St. Louis from 2008 to 2020. In this role, Mr. Webber oversaw a wide variety of administrative and external affairs functions including on and off campus University real estate and facilities, human resources, University operations, public affairs, and information technology and security, with combined operating and capital budgets of over $500M annually and over 1600 University and contracted staff. He also chaired the University’s administrative cabinet.
As Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Webber led “Campus Next: Enhancing the East End of the Danforth Campus,” the largest capital project in the history of Washington University, and completed over $2 billion in capital projects. In 2018 and 2019, Washington University was named the best campus in the United States by Niche.com. He also contributed greatly to the revitalization of the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood and the growth of the University’s public schools support programs, and led sustainability programs that allowed the University to add six million square feet of space while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. He co-led, with the Provost and Chief Financial Officer, the University’s annual budgeting process. He also championed the creation of the Academy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and has played a key role in the development of CORTEX, a 200-acre urban technology redevelopment effort with 6,200 jobs and over 425 companies.
In his new role, Mr. Webber will, among other duties, lead a comprehensive University wide effort to strengthen the University as a teaching, research and patient care leader and make the St Louis region stronger and more equitable. The effort is designed to implement the Chancellor’s vision of transforming “Washington University in St Louis to Washington University for St Louis.” Webber will lead those University initiatives and units that are most directly focused on the St. Louis community and University planning, including the Office of the University Architect and Planner; the Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Edison Theatre; the Institute for School Partnership; the University ombudsman; real estate operations and development; capital projects; sustainability; and the Washington University Police Department. He will share responsibility for the Office of Community and Government Affairs with the Chancellor, and the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and University College with the Provost.
Mr. Webber is Professor of Practice at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and the School of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches courses in American public policy, community development, American cities and sustainable urbanism. His writes widely on segregation, urban development and the role of anchor institutions in American cities. He is leading a long-term study on the comparative performance of cities and regions on measures of growth and equity.
Mr. Webber is Chair of the Board of Directors of Invest STL, the St. Louis region’s community development effort, the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation and CORTEX. He is also on the Boards of Directors of The Downtown Partnership, Provident, RISE, Arch to Park and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Mr. Webber has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.