Professor Akande at his inaguration, Wura
A Nigerian, Professor Benjamin Akande has written his name in the history books as he became the first African- American president of Westminister College in the college’s 165 years of existence
Dr Benjamin Ola Akande, who succeeds Dr. George B. Forsythe, at Westminster is also the first Nigerian-born president of a liberal arts college in America. His appointment was made by the college’s Chairman of Westminister’s Board of Trustees, who said;
“We’re proud to introduce Dr. Akande as president of Westminster College,” says Wallace L. Head, chairman of the Westminster Board of Trustees. “We’ve achieved our year-long goal of finding the most qualified person to lead Westminster and to continue executing our strategic plan.”
The inaugural ceremony took place at Champ Auditorium at Westminister College before a standing-room-only audience, which included Akande’s parents, the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. S.T. Ola Akande, of Ibadan, Nigeria, his wife, Bola, their three daughters, and other family members.
In his inaugural remarks, Akande, who formerly served as the dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis, hinted that change will be coming to Westminster College by challenging the status quo.
Professor Benjamin Akande has a long history in the America’s education system and his rise to the top reaffirms the believe that anyone can make it in the ‘home of the brave and the land of the free.’
Professor Benjamin Akande’s Academic Qualifications and Achievements
Professor Akande’s appointment is well deserved as he had served as a Professor of Economics and Dean of George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University.
He also served as Webster University’s Chief of Office of Corporate Partnerships. He was charged with forging partnerships with organizations and businesses around the world on behalf of Webster University.
Professor Akande also holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. He has completed post-doctoral studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Saїd School of Business at Oxford University.
The Governor of Akande’s state in Nigeria, Ajimobi, was also present at the event. The Governor gave a inspiring speech, extolling the virtues of Professor Benjamin Akande and his contribution to the good image of Nigeria.
This accomplishment alongside that of Chimamanda Adichie’s feat at the Bailey’s Best Of The Best Book Awards
, shows that Nigerians are ready to make headlines for all the right reasons this time around.