Office of the Dean
Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean
Dr. Akande is a professor of economics and dean of the George Herbert Walker School
of Business & Technology at Webster University. Dr. Akande also serves as Webster
University's Chief Corporate Partnership Officer. In this role, he is charged with
forging partnerships with organizations and business on behalf of Webster University
worldwide. This work has resulted in collaborations with several global firms to ensure
the attraction, retention and development of talents in these organizations.
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, learning, empowerment and growth. He is a result-oriented leader with strategic vision, proven experience in corporate and nonprofit environments, and is widely-known and respected for 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 is highly experienced in the area of global strategy, marketing, higher education and leadership.
Dean Akande is regularly sought out as an economic 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.” Dr. Akande was recognized in the 2012 Class of Missourians You Should Know by Ingram's Magazine. 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 a group of diverse faculty and staff in the U.S. Europe, mainland 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 worldwide.
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, Walgreens and other multinational organizations, with a successful record of collaboration with Reuters, NOVUS, Sigma Aldrich and Scottrade.
Dr. Akande is Vice Chair of the board of Argent Capital, a $2 billion asset management company, and a board member of Beyond Housing, a nationally recognized provider of housing and support services for low-income families and homeowners. In addition, he is 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 in the Community of Clayton, Missouri, and was recognized in the 2012 edition of 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.
Dean Akande is working on his latest 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.
Dean 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.