Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 31, 2014

New chief

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Thomasville Landmarks recently named Lee A. Webb as the organization’s new executive director.

Webb, who took office Dec. 30, comes to Landmarks with 18 years of experience in historic preservation, serving in positions at local, state and federal levels.

After completing a master’s degree in historic preservation at the University of Georgia, Webb began his career at the Georgia Historic Preservation Division (HPD), serving as the Tax Incentives Coordinator and the Community Planning Coordinator. Both positions afforded him opportunities to travel to Thomasville to collaborate with Landmarks and Main Street on tax incentives and neighborhood revitalization projects.

After a seven-year tenure at HPD, Lee continued his career in Savannah, as the city’s associate preservation officer, working with the Savannah Board of Architectural Review, as well as assisting to update the City’s Height map, creating the Thomas Square Streetcar Neighborhood District and serving as visual compatibility officer for the Cuyler-Brownsville Historic District.

In 2005, Webb became the Historic Preservation Planning Manager and Principal Planner for the City of Alexandria, Virginia’s Planning Department, managing a professional staff of five preservationists and working with the city’s two historic boards of review.

During his time in Alexandria, the city hosted a two-day preservation conference with Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston as keynote speaker, expanded boundaries of the Alexandria’s Old and Historic District, updated the design guidelines and coordinated the listing of the Parker-Gray neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2009, Webb took a newly created position at the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, serving as the first Liaison to the Department of Energy (DOE). Working with DOE, he spearheaded creation of the first Prototype Programmatic Agreement for three DOE weatherization grant programs that allowed billions of grant funds to be allocated, assisting low-income residents and communities to weatherize properties, while respecting the character of historic resources and neighborhoods.

“I am thrilled and excited to be coming to Thomasville Landmarks as the organization’s next executive director. I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to return to Georgia and a community that I admire and love,” Webb said.

The new Landmarks executive director said Thomasville has a rich historic heritage that has been valued and nurtured by its citizens, and he eagerly anticipates joining the Thomasville community.

“Thomasville’s creative energy and appreciation for its historic buildings and neighborhoods make it a dynamic town, with a tangible sense of place. As we approach the 50th anniversary of Thomasville Landmarks’ establishment, I am looking forward to working with the Landmarks board and the membership to continue building upon the strong legacy of Landmarks’ great successes, while setting a path for even greater things,” Webb said.