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E. Allen Knight, DBA

Professor of Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Internship Coordinator
Poling Center, Gainey School of Business
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Hello to each one of you. My name is Allen Knight and I became involved with Spring Arbor University in February of 2008.  I teach courses for undergraduate and graduate students, in a variety of leadership, marketing, organizational management, and entrepreneurship courses.  Before this full-time faculty position, I was the Director of the Hosmer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a part of the Gainey School of Business, and an Assistant Professor of Business, teaching marketing in the MBA program.

My background and training include over 25 years in book and music publishing, logistics and distribution, and wholesale and retail operations, along with extensive consulting experience. My areas of interest encompass managerial accounting, managerial finance, along with marketing and sales. Further, I spend much time with a focused interest in leadership. I have worked for Baker and Taylor Distributors, InterVarsity Press, Spring Arbor Distributors, and Ingram Book Company. In addition, I provide consultation to organizations in a number of areas including marketing, business development, organizational dynamics, strategic planning, and supply chain management. My professional experience in senior leadership positions matched with my service to small and medium-sized enterprises provides me with a unique perspective on servanthood and stewardship as it pertains to a broad array of firms and types of business.

In 2014, I completed my Doctorate of Business Administration degree from Anderson University with an emphasis in management and a concentration in leadership. My MBA was granted by Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, IL, and my BS in Business was completed at Milligan College outside of Elizabethton, TN.

I have four children, two boys and two girls, and six grandchildren.

My hobbies and interests include traveling, walking, and reading. My reading interests include business, history, theology, philosophy, railroading, and firefighting. I love reading books and periodicals.

Grace through the Good News of the risen Christ drives my faith journey. The delight of my life is to mentor others on their journey with Christ. One of my favorite quotes that define my faith journey follows: “…a catholic love for historic faith and order, an evangelical zeal for the gospel, and a commitment to the authority of Scripture”  (Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little III, 2006)

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  • DBA: (Business Administration - Dissertation: A Normative Theory for Achieving Leadership Excellence: An Examination of the Self-leadership Context) Anderson University, 2014
  • MBA: (Thesis Project: Product Line Profitability System for a Publishing Company) Olivet Nazarene University, 1989
  • B.S.: (Business Administration ) Milligan College, 1973

Memberships and Affiliations

National Association of Scholars

Mises Institute

Awards & Honors

Teaching Excellence Award-Spring Arbor University 2014-2015

Other Relevant Experience

Academic Senate 2017-2020 (Member)
Acton University Fellowship- 2013 (Grand Rapids, MI)
Advisory Board, St. Louis Center Community (Chelsea, MI)
Advisor, Jackson Inventors’ Network (Jackson, MI)Grants
2016 Institute for Humane Studies: Dr. Art Carden Campus Events
2016 Institute for Humane Studies: Fr. Gregory Jensen Campus Events
2017 Institute for Humane Studies: Dr. Yuri Maltsev Campus Events
2017 Institute for Humane Studies: Dr. Thomas Oord Campus Events
2018 Institute for Humane Studies: Dr. Adam Hoffer Campus Events
2018 Institute for Humane Studies: Dr. Jennifer Martin Campus EventsEntrepreneurship Leader, Detroit Pastors’ Initiative
Faculty Benefits Committee, Spring Arbor University
Free Market Forum- 2013 San Diego (Hillsdale College)
Free Market Forum- 2015 Omaha (Hillsdale College)
Graduate Faculty Research Group, Spring Arbor University
Judge (Business Plan Competition) CEO Academy-2015
Michigan Colleges Foundation, Regional Student Survey Advisory Group
Presenter-CEO Academy- 2015
President, SAU Faculty Forum 2017-2020
St. John’s Heritage Bible Project, Spring Arbor University
University Leadership Team 2017-2020, Member
Wayne State University Press, Board of Visitors