Until We Meet Again
A Message from Outgoing Dean Benjamin Ola. Akande
Fifteen years ago, I signed on to become dean of what would become the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. It’s been an amazing ride – thanks to the hard work of our faculty, staff and administrators.
Together we’ve had a successful record of fundraising and institutional advancement. Together we have transformed the Walker School into an innovator in business education through the creation of globally competent academic programs. Together we have consistently internationalized our curriculum and worked to ensure that non-traditional students gain global experiences through the Walker Travel Endowment Fund. Together we have introduced new, forward-looking programs while also enhancing our academic rigor and raising admission standards. Together we embarked on a consistency initiative that later paved the way for ACBSP accreditation.
Three years ago, we moved into the state-of-the-art facility, the East Academic Building, which was the first new academic building on the Webster campus in 25 years.
Together we made faculty recruitment a top priority and expanded the ranks of full-time faculty by 50 percent. We also established a multi-year research agenda plan for all full-time faculty members. This has resulted in an increased frequency of publications in top-rated scholarly journals. Today our full-time faculty teach six courses in a nine month contract. Together, we have also strengthened our ties with our adjunct faculty members, who play a critical role in fulfilling our promise to our students.
Yes, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and you should be too.
As I depart Webster for my new role as president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, I want to say thank you for all you have done and for all you continue to do to ensure that students who select Webster University, and the Walker School in particular, as their higher education option get tremendous value for every cent they invest.
I don’t believe in saying goodbye. It has such an odd sense of finality, especially to those that you consider to be a member of the family. In my native Yoruba language we don’t have a word for goodbye. Instead we say “ODIGBA,” which means until we meet again.
My friends, I hope to meet each and every one of you again.
Until we meet again…
Benjamin Ola. Akande