Dr. Benjamin Akande

Nigerian native Dr. Benjamin Akande has been named the 21st president of Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., the institution announced recently.

Akande, currently a Professor of Economics and dean of the School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis, will begin his term on July 1, according to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Founded 164 years ago, Westminster is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and enrolls 1,000 students, of which Blacks comprise six percent.

Akande initially came to the U.S. to receive his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and undertake post-doctoral studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Oxford University’s Saїd School of Business.

Akande has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, the CBS Evening News, and St. Louis affiliates of FOX, ABC, and NBC.

He is also working on a manuscript entitled “The iPod Generation: It’s Their World, We’re Just Living In It,” which will discuss the generation between the ages of 16 and 32.

Akande is married with three grown daughters.