FULTON, Mo. • Benjamin Akande resigned as president of Westminster College Friday, according to the university.
Akande became the 21st president of the liberal-arts college in Fulton in 2015 as the first African-American to hold the role.
The college said he is stepping down to pursue other interests in higher education and the private sector, according to a statement.
Senior Vice President Carolyn Perry will assume the duties of president until college leadership can find a replacement, the announcement said.
Before heading Westminster, Akande, a Nigerian-born American citizen, served as an economics professor and dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University. He also led Webster’s global Office of Corporate Partnerships.