Office of Corporate Partnerships in the News:

Jensen Named Interim Director of the Office of Corporate Partnerships

June 26, 2015- Webster Today

Dawn Jensen


Dawn Jensen has been appointed interim director of Webster University’s Office of Corporate Partnerships (OCP). She will begin her new role July 1. 

“Dawn brings extensive corporate experience to this position and has an in-depth understanding of the needs of businesses and Webster’s capacity to meet those needs,” said Julian Schuster, Webster University’s provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “The University’s collaboration with businesses will create opportunities from which the entire community will benefit.” Read more.

Nursing Program Enters Dual Admission Agreement with St. Louis Community College


June 24, 2015- Webster Today

The dual admission agreement admits nursing students to St. Louis Community College and Webster University simultaneously, giving them access to resources at both institutions and allowing them to begin work on their BSN while still completing their ADN.  The agreement also helps St. Louis Community College students maximize the number of academic credits they can use toward their bachelor’s degree at Webster. Learn more.

Brookings Institution Earnings Study Shows Value Added by Webster University Degree

June 05, 2014- Webster Today

According to Brookings’ formula and as reported in the St. Louis Business Journal (May 29-June 4 issue, page 8), Webster University offers the second highest value-add for graduates of all the colleges and universities studied in the St. Louis region. Read more.

Benjamin Akande Named President of Westminster College

May 8, 2015- Webster Today

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande

Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and Chief of the Office of Corporate Partnerships, Benjamin Akande, has been named the new president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He begins his new post on July 1. Read more.

10 New Graduate Certificate Programs Reflect Changes in Society, Careers

February 27, 2015- Webster Today

Webster University is launching 10 new certificate programs for adults with college degrees who seek additional training to advance in their careers. The new programs reflect recent changes in society, from technological advancements to shifting demographics in many communities. The certificates are designed to be stand-alone or a stepping-stone to an advanced degree. To learn more, click here.

Webster University Receives Green Initiative, Centennial Awards from Chamber of Commerce

February 9, 2015- Webster University

Webster University was honored with two “Heart of the Community” awards by the Webster Groves/Shrewsbury/Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce at Friday’s annual awards banquet. The University received a Special Recognition Award for its centennial anniversary, as well as a Green Initiative Award for several sustainability initiatives that range from infrastructural investment to curriculum. Read more.

Confucius Institute at Webster University Named Institute of the Year

February 9, 2015- Webster Today

The Confucius Institute at Webster University was named “Confucius Institute of the Year” by HANBAN, a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education. This is the second time the institute has received the prestigious honor. Learn more.

Cuban Theater Stars to Visit Webster University

January 22, 2015- Webster University

ST. LOUIS – Cuba's most celebrated theater duo – director Flora Lauten and playwright Raquel Carrio – will visit Webster University’s home campus in February as the College of Arts & Sciences 2015 Global Leaders in Residence. The co-founders of Cuban theater company Teatro Buendia will spend five weeks in St. Louis sharing their expertise in literary adaptation, translation, and production with the community through a series of workshops and public events. The visit  is being provided in conjunction with the Office of Corporate Partnerships. Read more.

Webster University Named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service

January 7, 2015- Webster University

Webster University was listed in the Honor Roll with Distinction in the General Community Service category for its Federal Work-Study Community Service Program, global Webster Works Worldwide community service day and the Webster Student Literacy Corps; three programs that send students into the community to work with non-profit and government organizations. Read more.

President Stroble Honors Webster University's Corporate Partners

December 8, 2014- President's Corporate Partner Breakfast- Webster University

Webster University Selected as a Top School for Military and Veterans

December 4, 2014- Webster University

This is the Eighth Consecutive Time Webster University Has Been Listed in Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities

Webster University was designated a top school in the 2015 “Military Advanced Education” (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities, it was announced today. The guide, which measures best practices in military and veteran education, will be released as part of the December issue of MAE and also will be published online at See full article here.

Webster University Engages with Working Professionals at EdAssist's Virtual Education Fair

September 26, 2014 - Webster University

Webster University’s Office of Corporate Partnerships engaged one-on-one via online chat with employees from nearly 40 different companies at EdAssist’s Virtual Education Fair on Sept. 25.  During this event, members of the Office of Corporate Partnerships staffed a Webster University-branded booth in an online environment that was visited by working professionals who have an interest in furthering their education.  Read more.

When Colleges and Companies Partner, All Parties Involved Benefit

December 31, 2013 - U.S. News & World Report

Webster University is helping organizations meet talent development challenges through its corporate partnership programs.  "Our new corporate partners have one thing in common," said Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster's Walker School of Business and chief of Corporate Partnerships, in a statement. "They are invested in the development and welfare of their talents and believe that the heart and soul of any viable organization rest with their human resources. At Webster University, we believe and affirm this to be true as it reflects our mission and values. We are excited about these new relationships."  Read the full article in U.S. News & World Report.

Twenty-Five Companies Select Webster University as Higher Education Partner

December 23 - Reuters/PR Newswire

Webster University has added 25 companies from across the country to its list of corporate partners, becoming their preferred higher education provider. The agreements allow these companies to offer their employees a Webster Partner preferred tuition rate for targeted undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  View the list of companies and read more.

Photo Spotlight on Corporate Partners

November 22, 2013 - Ladue News

Ladue News captured the excitement at Webster University's first-ever Corporate Partners Luncheon on Oct. 15.  This event honored CEOs and executives from more than three dozen organizations that are participating in partnership programs with Webster University.  View the photo gallery.

Webster University and the Kirkwood-Des Peres Chamber of Commerce Team Up To Offer Tuition Program

October 1, 2013 - Press Release

Webster University announced a partnership that will provide professional development and higher education opportunities to members and affiliates of the Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce.

Through the partnership, eligible and qualified individuals can receive a Webster Partner preferred tuition rate for undergraduate and graduate degree programs, either online or at any Webster University campus location worldwide.

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, chief partnership officer and dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, made the announcement during the Chamber’s August membership luncheon. “Companies today realize the value of investing in their people, and Webster University is committed to providing enhanced educational opportunities for small-business owners and their employees,” he said. “For Chamber members and affiliates, the Webster Partnership program will create a culture of learning in these organizations, which, in turn, will support employee recruitment, retention and personal growth.”

“This partnership will give employers the opportunity to not only further their own education, but will empower employees to pursue their educational hopes and dreams,” said Hardy Washington Jr., chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors.

Webster University Celebrates Corporate Partners

October 18, 2013 - Webster Today

Business leaders from more than three dozen organizations that have entered into corporate partnership programs with Webster University were honored during the President's Luncheon on Oct. 15.  Hosted at the Walker School of Business & Technology, the event celebrated corporate partnership programs that provide educational opportunities to employees.  Read the full story.

Walgreens selects Webster as education provider

May 1, 2013 - The St. Louis American

Walgreens has selected Webster University as a preferred education provider within “Walgreens University,” a new training and development initiative for Walgreens employees and affiliated providers. The Walgreens initiative is designed to lead its industry in classroom and online programming that engages, educates and develops Walgreens employees for rewarding long-term careers.  Click here for full story.

Webster GLIR Honored: St. Louis Mayor Proclaims Nov. 8 ‘Yolanda Kakabadse Day'

November 12, 2012

The Walker School's inaugural Global Leader in Residence Yolanda Kakabadse, president of the  Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) returned to Webster University Nov. 7-8 to check back with the students, faculty, alumni and community members she taught and touched with her message in the Spring.  Click here for full story.

To work is an opportunity to learn for BJC employees

September 23, 2012 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As much as Amber Clemons longed to move toward a college degree following high school graduation, the cost of higher education kept getting in the way.  “You have lots of dreams, but I just couldn't afford it,” Clemons said.  Now 28, Clemons pays little thought to cost as she wraps up a general studies college curriculum, the first step toward the biological engineering degree she hopes will bring a career in biomedical research.  Click here for full story.