The State of St. Louis – Where We Are, How We Got There and Our Future

Becky Rasmussen

The State of St. Louis – Where We Are, How We Got There and Our Future

Date(s) - April 27, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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The story of St. Louis is complex – a story of both urban decline and urban revitalization; a story of loss but also of a bright future. In this presentation, FOCUS alum, former board member and Washington University Executive Vice Chancellor Hank Webber will discuss how we went from one of the largest urban cities to a city of less importance; the challenges we face; and together, as a region, what we need in order to create a remarkable future.



About the Presenter

Hank WebberAs the inaugural Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC) for Civic Affairs and Strategic Planning for Washington University, Hank Webber leads a comprehensive effort to strengthen the University as a teaching, research and patient care leader. Webber guides initiatives and units most directly focused on the St. Louis community such as the Office of the University Architect; the Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Edison Theatre; and the Institute for School Partnership. He shares 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.

Webber served as EVC and Chief Administrative Officer at Washington University from 2008 to 2020. In this role, he led Campus Next, the largest capital project in the University’s history. Webber championed the creation of the Academy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and has played a key role in the development of CORTEX.

As a professor of practice at the Brown School and the School of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis, he teaches courses in American public policy and community development.. Webber 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.

Webber is Chair of the Board of Directors of Invest STL, 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. He is a graduate of Experience St. Louis and previously served on the board of FOCUS St. Louis.