The board of trustees of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, has named Benjamin Akande as the educational institution’s 21st president. Westminster College, which was founded 164 years ago, enrolls about 1,000 undergraduate students. Blacks make up 6 percent of the student body. The college is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Akande will take office on July 1. He has been serving as a professor of economics and dean of the School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis.
A native of Nigeria, Dr. Akande came to the United States to study at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration, Dr. Akande went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oklahoma.