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Office of the Dean • Webster Hall Rm 218
470 E. Lockwood Ave. • St. Louis, MO 63119 • 314.968.7160
MEET THE TEAM
David Carl Wilson is the Dean of Webster University’s College of Arts & Sciences, which serves almost 8,000 students and offers 40 degree programs at 35 locations in six countries. As Dean he has worked to raise the College’s profile, to build its enrollments and quality, and to strengthen its resource base. During his tenure, the first endowed professorship in Webster’s history has been established and many new programs have been launched, ranging from an undergraduate emphasis in Biotechnology to the Global MA in International Relations.
Wilson also serves as Professor of Philosophy at Webster, teaching a variety of courses and lecturing widely on topics such as reasoning, ethics, science, religion, higher education, and leadership. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from UCLA, where he taught and served as Associate Provost until he came to Webster in 2002. He is the author of the highly regarded McGraw-Hill textbook, A Guide to Good Reasoning, and is on the editorial board of Philosophy of Management.
Wilson is actively involved in national higher education issues, having served in Boston for a year as a Fellow with the American Council on Education. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of ACE’s Council of Fellows and as co-chair of their national Outreach and Engagement Committee.
Thao is married and the mother of four. In her free time, she supports her children in their various activities, including cheering on her three sons at sporting events.
Director of Operations
Debby, as administrative officer and chief of staff, manages the overall administrative operations of the College. She oversees budgets, facilities, staff support, and space issues for the Dean's office and the nine departments within the College of Arts & Sciences.
Debby has a BA in Psychology from Webster University, and is currently working on a MA in Management and Leadership. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her two children.
In her role as communications officer, Barb provides public relations support for the College of Arts & Sciences and its individual programs. She is responsible for coordinating communications for the College, managing content for CAS website,
and planning various special events.
Barb has a B.J. from Mizzou’s School of Journalism and an MA in English (with a linguistics emphasis) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She enjoys gardening, photography, jogging, creative writing, and spending time with her family.
Director of Global Programs
As Assistant to the Dean for Global Programs, Hannah is responsible for directing the Global MA in International Relations. She works to coordinate the program across six international sites and develop all administrative aspects of the program. In addition, Hannah is responsible for assisting with global program initiatives within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Hannah is a St. Louis native and holds a BA in American Studies and a Global MA in International Relations, both from Webster University. She is happy to return to Webster as a staff member and help to provide students with the same quality of education that she received as a student. For leisure Hannah enjoys traveling, reading (mostly non-fiction), theatre, the baseball Cardinals and spending time with her family and friends.
As Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects, David’s responsibilities are to promote partnerships with biotech enterprises in the St. Louis and to facilitate the planning of the new Arts & Sciences building.
David has extensive business experience in finance, general management, and change management. He has held positions as Interim President and CEO of BioGenerator; Member of Board of Directors, Nidus Center; and Executive VP and COO of Nidus Center, where he led the initiative to develop, build, and operate the Nidus Center, which housed life science entrepreneurs and their startup companies. Prior to that he held positions at Monsanto Company related to strategic initiatives and financial management, including division controller and business redesign projects.
David has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and executive management training at Harvard University Business School and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as the board chairman of Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood and is active in the St. Louis life science community. David is married and the father of three adult children. He enjoys the challenge of golf and attending Cardinals’ baseball and Mizzou football games.
As the Development Officer for the College of Arts & Sciences, Cathy is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding alumni and other donors in support of the College’s priorities, including academic programs, scholarships, endowed chairs and campus improvements. She works closely with the Dean to manage the Advisory Board and other volunteers and coordinates positive and purposeful donor relations. In addition, Cathy works collaboratively with her development colleagues to implement meaningful and strategic engagement opportunities to ensure the University reaches its financial goals.
Cathy holds a B. J. from Mizzou’s School of Journalism. She started her career in government relations in Washington, DC before settling back in her native St. Louis and getting in development and alumni relations. Prior to joining Webster, Cathy worked as a development professional at Washington University in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the American Red Cross St. Louis Chapter. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys traveling, reading, spinning and spending time with family and friends.
Linda Dahlgren is based in the Office of Alumni & Development's Corporate, Foundations, and Government Relations Team (CFGR) as a Grants Officer for the College of Arts & Sciences. She helps to identify external funding opportunities and develop proposals for support of scholarships, research, professional development, course development, and other activities that advance institutional goals. As part of the CFGR Team, Linda collaborates with other institutional resources to identify projects for grant solicitation and build faculty and staff interest in and capacity for grantseeking.
Linda has worked in the field of non-profit development since 1996 and has secured and implemented more than $8 million in private, public, and corporate funding. She's been privileged to work on a variety of projects that made a positive difference in the world, including a State Department exchange program for Russian entrepreneurs and a program offering vision and hearing screenings for area schoolchildren.
A native St. Louisan, Linda holds a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics from Mizzou. She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking and gardening with her husband and two young children; she plans to pursue an MA in Media Literacy when her youngest is out of preschool.