Henry S. Webber is executive vice chancellor and chief administrative officer at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He is also Professor of Practice at the Brown School and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
Mr. Webber serves as the university’s chief administrative officer and oversees facilities, campus planning, capital projects, information technology (joint with the provost), campus security, operations, off-campus real estate acquisition and development, human resources, sustainability, communications, and a variety of other administrative and external affairs areas with combined operating and capital budgets of over $400M annually and over 1,200 university and contracted staff. He chairs the university’s administrative cabinet. Since coming to Washington University in 2008, Mr. Webber has led the development of the university’s real estate master plan, administrative cost efficiency strategy, long-term housing strategy and sustainability master plans and leads, along with the provost and chief financial officer, the university budget process. He has played a key role in the development of CORTEX, a 200-acre urban technology redevelopment district that is home to 350 companies and 4,500 jobs, and the growth of the KIPP charter school network in St. Louis.
Prior to his appointment at Washington University, Mr. Webber spent 21 years at the University of Chicago, most recently as the University of Chicago’s vice president for community and government affairs. Under his guidance, the University of Chicago’s community affairs program was recognized in a national study as one of dozen strongest programs in the United States. One of Mr. Webber’s most notable achievements was to promote the revitalization of the North Kenwood/Oakland and Woodlawn neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side, which was accomplished by collaborating and forging relationships with the area’s community, religious, civic and political leaders. He also played a leading role in the establishment of the Urban Education Initiative, a University of Chicago effort which develops charter schools, offers teacher training, and supports basic and applied research on educational issues. Mr. Webber was the founding chair of the Governing Board of the University of Chicago Charter School Corporation, which operates four public lottery admission charter schools on the south side of Chicago with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students.
As a faculty member at the University of Chicago and Washington University, Mr. Webber teaches courses on topics including community development, health policy, strategic management and social welfare policy. His research has centered around community development, mixed-income housing and the role of anchor institutions in urban development. He is currently completing a book on segregation in America.
He is currently chair of the Board of Directors of CORTEX, the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation and Invest STL. He is on the boards of directors of Forest Park Forever; Downtown Partnership; Provident; RISE; and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Shorebank, the largest community development bank in the United States.
Mr. Webber graduated with honors from Brown University and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Webber and his wife, Christine K. Jacobs, MD, have two children. They live in the Central West End area of the City of St. Louis.