William W. Badger

Dr. William W. Badger is the fourth recipient of the Construction Industry Institute’s Richard L. Tucker Leadership and Service Award. In the judgment of the CII Executive Committee, he meets or exceeds all criteria. His leadership and his unsurpassed dedication to the engineering and construction industry combine to make him an excellent recipient for this prestigious award.

Dr. Badger, a professor and registered professional engineer, is the director of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. He has led and managed the school since 1987. Badger was instrumental in securing the $4 million endowment after which the school is named. Currently, the school has endowments and scholarships totaling over $12 million. He has initiated a $50 million capital campaign for the next five years.

His leadership roles include service with the National Academy of Constructors, the CII Academic Council and the Education Committee, and the Del E. Webb School of Construction Industry Advisory Council. Badger’s research interests include leadership and management, the image of the construction industry, recruiting women and minorities into construction education, and the construction faculty pipeline for future professorships.

Prior to his work at Arizona State University, he had a distinguished 26-year career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving in China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and the United States.

His leadership is exemplified by an entire career of molding young hearts and minds. For example, he served as Colonel and Chief Engineer for the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was responsible for all planning, engineering, construction, and maintenance. In St. Paul, Minnesota, he was the Corps’ District Engineer, Mississippi River, and served as the contracting officer for a $40 million lock and dam restoration. And as Major and Area Engineer in the Tabuk Military Cantonment in Saudi Arabia, he commanded the base camp and handled the challenges of the war 85 miles north of Tabuk.

CII takes great pride in selecting Bill Badger as the recipient of the Richard L. Tucker Leadership and Service Award. He exemplifies outstanding qualities of leadership and dedication to the industry and his many years of service in both the field and in academia are greatly appreciated.