Dr. Akande served as the 21st President of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri from 2015-2017, where he made substantial gains in developing the infrastructure necessary for the college’s long-term sustainability. This included transformational changes in academic offerings, outreach, budget, financial modeling, marketing (re- branding), communication and institutional advancement.
As tenured Professor of Economics and Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis from 2000-2015, Dr. Akande is credited with building the school’s reputation, and positioning it as a globally relevant business school. He developed numerous corporate/donor partnerships which played a leading effort in securing the largest donation in the University’s history.
Dr. Akande holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and completed post-doctoral studies at JFK School of Government, Harvard University and Saïd Business School at Oxford University.
In more than twenty-five years as a professor and leader, he has invested significant personal involvement and tireless efforts to contribute to the transformation of public and private institutions and organizations. Dr. Akande was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the city’s “Most Influential Leaders,” 2007- 2012. He is passionately committed to the success of people in organizations, and has nurtured and mentored many executives.
Dr. Akande currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Argent Capital, a $4 billion asset management company. He is a member of the Board of Enterprise Bank & Trust ($5 billion assets), serving on the Regulatory and Compliance Committee. He currently serves on the non-profit boards of the Saint Louis Club, The MUNY, Missouri Charter Public School Association, and Forest Park Forever - one of the nation's largest public parks where he chairs the Development Committee. In addition, Dr. Akande is a member of the Danforth Plant Science Center Leadership Council. He is on the Advisory Board of FDC Fundação Dom Cabral, the top-ranked business school in Brazil.
With the experience to recognize when to take calculated risks and the confidence to make tough business decisions, Dr. Akande believes that the future belongs to those who can see it. He and his wife, Bola, a pharmacist, have three adult daughters.