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Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, deanboa-2013-headshot

Dr. Akande is a tenured Professor of Economics and Dean, George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster University. Dr. Akande also serves as Webster University’s Chief of Office of Corporate Partnerships, charged with forging partnerships with organizations and businesses on behalf of Webster University worldwide. Dean Akande holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and has completed post-doctoral studies at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Saїd School of Business, Oxford University. Dr. Akande’s interests are diverse but connected: excellence, community, teaching and learning, empowerment, and growth. He is a result-oriented leader with strategic vision, proven experience in corporate and nonprofit sectors, and is widely-known and respected for his versatility in assuming challenging and demanding responsibilities and leading multiple projects simultaneously with outstanding record of meeting and exceeding organizational goals. An excellent communicator, Dr. Akande has demonstrated the ability to establish rapport and connect with diverse constituencies at all levels, public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and his experience is acknowledged in the area of global strategy, marketing, higher education, and leadership.

Dean Akande is regularly sought out as an economic and policy commentator with appearances on Anderson Cooper 360, the CBS Evening News, and St. Louis affiliates of FOX, ABC, and NBC. His commentaries have appeared in USA TODAY and on public radio’s “Marketplace.” He consults for leading Fortune 500 companies in the areas of strategy, leadership, corporate responsibility, and market positioning. He is a former consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Under his dynamic leadership, Webster’s commitment to global education has been enhanced, setting a distinguished standard worldwide. Dr. Akande leads diverse faculty and staff in the U.S. Europe, China, Thailand, and Ghana. He has responsibility for the largest part of the University’s annual operating budget, while serving more than 14,200 students and supported by 1,200 faculty members.

As Webster University’s Chief of the Office of Corporate Partnerships, Dr. Akande has forged educational partnerships and alliances with such corporations as BJC HealthCare, Wal-Mart, Boeing, Reuters, Sigma Aldrich, Scottrade, just to name a few.

Dr. Akande is Vice Chair of the board of Argent Capital, a $2 billion asset management company, and a trustee of the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Jefferson National Parks Association, Saint Louis Club and Forest Park Forever. Dean Akande was named the 2012 Pillar of the Community of Clayton, Missouri, and recognized in the 2012 edition of the St. Louis Magazine’s Power List. From 2007-2012, Dean Akande was named by the St. Louis Business Journal among St. Louis’s Most Influential Leaders. Dr. Akande is a member of Missouri Council for a Better Economy, an organization charged with exploring unification of the St. Louis City and St. Louis County, as well as bolstering economic growth in Missouri, especially in the St. Louis region.

Dean Akande is working on a manuscript entitled The iPOD Generation: It's Their World, We're Just Living In It, a comprehensive analysis of the emerging generation between the ages of 16 and 32 years old.

Benjamin Akande is a visionary, dynamic, and entrepreneurial leader with a passion for excellence. He is a judicious risk-taker who is responsive to all stakeholders and decisive in following a course once it’s been set. He relishes the possibilities that come when one dares to look around the corner and believes passionately that the future belongs to those who can see it.

He is married with three daughters.

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