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E. Allen Knight, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
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Allen Knight became involved with Spring Arbor University in February of 2008 as the Director of the Hosmer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a part of the Gainey School of Business. As an Assistant Professor of Marketing, he teaches the new student orientation and marketing management course in the MBA program, as well as various marketing courses at the undergraduate level. One of his major goals for the MBA students is to involve them with local and regional businesses in the development of marketing plans. One of the key programs he has initiated through the entrepreneurship center is the special partnership with urban churches in Detroit to encourage and foster new and small business in the inner city.

Professor Knight’s background and training include over 25 years in book publishing and distribution, primarily in the religious product area. His career included senior management positions with industry leaders such as Baker and Taylor Distributors, InterVarsity Press, Spring Arbor Distributors, and Ingram Book Group. His areas of interest in business encompass managerial accounting and finance, marketing and sales, along with the practice of leadership. Currently, he and his wife have two small businesses – one a stock apparel company known as Living Epistles – and the other a consulting firm, A & B Consulting Associates, Inc.

Knight completed his studies for a doctorate in business administration from Anderson University with an emphasis in management and a concentration in leadership. He has completed his comprehensive exams and is now working to finish his dissertation. Professor Knight earned his M.B.A at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, IL, and his B.S. was completed at Milligan College outside of Elizabethton, TN.

Professor Knight is the father of four children, two boys and two girls, and four grandchildren. His hobbies and interests include traveling, walking and reading. Reading interests include business, history, theology, philosophy, railroading, and firefighting. His favorite periodicals include Books and Culture, First Things, The Atlantic, Forbes and The Economist.

His love of service to students is driven by the central hope of Grace through the Good News of the risen Christ which drives his faith journey. One of his life‘s greatest enjoyments is to mentor others on their journey with Christ.

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  • Ph.D.: (Business Administration) Anderson University
  • M.B.A.: Olivet Nazarene University
  • B.S.: Milligan College