Bachelor in Education, Colorado State College, 1964. Master of Arts in Education, University Northern Colorado, 1971.
The Webb family relocated to the Northeast section of Denver, where the imposing six-foot, five-inch youth became active in sports. He is a graduate of the city"s Manual High School. Webb was an all-conference basketball player at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado, in 1960.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Colorado State College in 1964 and his Master of Arts in sociology from the same school, now known as the University of Northern Colorado, in 1971.
Webb is the former president of the Democratic Mayors and the past president of the United States. Conference of Mayors and National Conference of Black Mayors. He lectures frequently on civic issues and was a guest lecturer at Harvard University"s Kennedy School of Government.
In 2001, Webb served on the selection committee for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. In 1972, Webb was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, representing his boyhood home in northeast Denver.
In 1977, Webb was selected by President Jimmy Carter to serve as regional director of the United States. Department of Health Education and Welfare.
In 1981, Colorado Governor Richard Lamm appointed Webb to his cabinet as executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Webb was elected Denver city auditor in 1987, and served until 1991. Wellington Webb"s 1991 bid for mayor included his "Sneaker Campaign", in which he walked door to door through a large portion of Denver, introducing himself as a relatively unknown candidate.
Webb served as mayor of Denver for 12 years, from 1991 to 2003.
One highlight of his years in office was the South Platte River Corridor Project, involving commercial and residential redevelopment, as well as reclamation of park land, along the South Platte River in central Denver. He was also mayor at the time of the completion of Denver International Airport, started by his precessor, Federico Peña.
Webb"s development projects include the new Denver International Airport, a new sports stadium, expansion of the Denver Art Museum and a new African American Research Library. Webb was mentioned in the documentary Bowling for Columbine during a speech by National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston.
In April 1999, shortly after the high school shootings at Columbine High School near Denver, Heston claimed that Webb had asked him not to come to Denver.
Webb was well known as the only African-American candidate for the DNC chairmanship. The Webb Municipal Office Building, completed in Fall 2002, was named in honor of lieutenant houses some forty municipal agencies and divisions from the City and County of Denver, as well as the office of the District Attorney. In February 2007, Webb published his autobiography, The Manitoba, the Mayor and the Making of Modern Denver (Fulcrum Publishing), co-written by former Colorado journalist Cindy Brovsky.
In 2008, Webb supported Barack Obama and Joe Biden as one of Colorado"s presidential electors.
President United States Conference of Mayors, 1993—2003, National Conference Black Mayors, since 2000.
Married Wilma J. Webb. 4 children.