Dr. Steve Webb (photo by Katharine Kimball)
Dr. Steven T. Webb became superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools in July 2008. He joined the district as deputy superintendent in 2006 and plans to retire from VPS at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
A native of Washington state, Webb grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Bethel High School. He earned an educational doctorate from Seattle University, a master of arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College and a bachelor of arts in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound.
Webb has a distinguished 35-year career in public education in Washington and California, serving as superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for secondary learning and technology, principal and assistant principal, high school teacher and coach. He is a member of the Washington Association of School Administrators and served as president in 2017-18 . Webb also is a member of Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, the Coalition for Community Schools, the Horace Mann League and AASA’s Digital Consortium.
Webb received the 2018 Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award from the National School Public Relations Association. He was the 2016 Washington State Superintendent of the Year and was one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year. Also in 2016, Webb was named a Leader to Learn From by Education Week, and he received the Community Schools Superintendent Leadership Award from the Coalition for Community Schools; Institute for Educational Leadership; and AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In addition, the Education Research and Development Institute awarded Webb with the prestigious Mike Kneale Educational Excellence in Leadership Award in 2016. In 2015, Webb received the Horace Mann League Ambassador Award, and was named a Future Ready Leader by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2014, Webb was one of eight public school leaders in the nation selected by eSchool News as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent. In 2011, he was honored with the Leadership Through Communication Award given by the American Association of School Administrators, National School Public Relations Association and Blackboard Connect. Webb also received the 2011 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators.
Webb is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences and is a published author in professional journals. He is a hands-on leader who has visited hundreds of classrooms at 37 school sites and periodically works the various jobs of the district’s 3,400 employees.
Webb is involved in the community through many civic organizations. He has served on the boards for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, and he is a member of the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council.