Akande named as Westminster College’s twenty first president


Webster’s Walker School of Business and Technology Dean Benjamin Akande was named Westminster College’s twenty first president on May 8.

After a year long search the university announced Akande would take the reins from current Westminster President Barney Forsythe, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

Akande, who also serves as the university’s Chief of Corporate Partnerships, leaves Webster after 15 years of service.

“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity,” Akande said in a Webster Today article. “I take great pride in my years with Webster and will always treasure the camaraderie and collegiality I enjoy in the Walker School and in Webster worldwide.”

Webster’s website cites Akande as an instrumental piece of the university’s strides in commitment to global education in the past decade. Webster Provost Julian Schuster said Akande was pivotal in the growth the Walker College in a Webster Today article.

“As the leader of Webster’s largest college, Benjamin has played a pivotal role in the development of the Walker School as we know it today,” Schuster said. “His international experience and strong leadership will serve him well in his new position.”

Akande also was a candidate in Southeast Missouri State University’s search for a new president in March. He was one of the final four candidates in the university’s search, but ultimately was not chosen.

Akande’s first day as Westminster President will on July 1.

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