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 George Warren Brown School of Social Work and the School of Architecture and Urban Design.
As the University’s Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Webber oversees a wide variety of administrative and external affairs functions including on and off campus University real estate and facilities, human resources, University operations, information technology and security with full-time combined operating and capital budgets of over $500M annually and over 1,600 University and contracted staff; he has joint responsibility with the Chancellor for external affairs and 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 and sustainability master plans, long-term housing strategy and, along with the Provost and Chief Financial Officer, the University budget process. He currently leads “Campus Next: Enhancing the East End of the Danforth Campus,” the largest capital project in the history of Washington University. He has played a key role and now serves as Board Chair of CORTEX, a 200-acre urban redevelopment effort with 6,200 jobs and 430 companies.
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. 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.
As faculty at the University of Chicago and now at Washington University, Mr. Webber teaches courses on topics including community development, health policy, strategic management and social welfare policy. His research centers on community development, mixed-income housing, racial and economic segregation and the role of anchor institutions in urban development. His most recent project is a co-edited volume on America’s efforts to reduce racial and economic segregation, which was published by Oxford University Press in November 2018.