Dr. Akande has shown an unrelenting commitment to the central tenets of higher education as an award-winning teacher, personally influencing the lives of his students. His application-based research interest has focused on strategy, leadership, and generational diversity. Throughout his tenure at Webster University, Dean Akande has dedicated himself to student-centered education without regard for customary demographics, enabling both traditional college-age and non-traditional working adult populations to access creative enrichment programs, mentorships, internships, and employment opportunities. Under his leadership, student enrollments and graduation rates have risen by more than 40% over the past decade. Dean Akande leads Webster’s largest academic unit, responsible for a majority of the institution’s $220 million total tuition revenue. Webster University’s total enrollment is 22,000 students, of which 14,200 are students enrolled in the Walker School.