A temporary replacement for former Walker School of Business and Technology Dean Benjamin Akande has been named. Thomas Johnson, Webster’s Associate Vice President and Chief of Strategic Initiatives, was announced as the interim dean of the school on June 3.
Johnson, who came to Webster in 2012, served as a dean at the University of New Haven for 13 years, where he headed the College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.
“His work with academic programs and faculty at Webster, as well as his extensive previous experience in higher education, in the governmental sector and in science and technology will serve Webster’s largest school well,” Provost Julian Schuster said in a Webster Today article.
The article stated Johnson will begin transitioning into his new role immediately and will assume full interim dean duties on July 1.
Akande was appointed as Westminster College’s latest president on May 8. He leaves Webster after 15 years of service.
Director of Public Relations Patrick Giblin said the school will likely launch a year-long search for a permanent replacement this summer.