E. Allen Knight, PhD

MBA Leadership E. Allen Knight

Allen Knight, PhD

Associate Professor of Business 


Dr. Allen Knight began teaching at Spring Arbor University in February 2008. In his work with the university he teaches courses for both undergraduate and graduate students, in a variety of leadership, marketing, organizational management, and entrepreneurship courses. Before this full-time faculty position, he 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. 

Dr. Knight’s background and training include more than 25 years in book and music publishing, logistics and distribution, and wholesale and retail operations, along with extensive consulting experience. His areas of interest encompass managerial accounting, managerial finance, along with marketing and sales. He also has a focused interest in leadership. He has worked for Baker and Taylor Distributors, InterVarsity Press, Spring Arbor Distributors, and Ingram Book Company. In addition, Dr. Knight provides consultation to organizations in a number of areas including marketing, business development, organizational dynamics, strategic planning, and supply chain management. His professional experience in senior leadership positions matched with his service to small and medium-sized enterprises provides him with a unique perspective on servanthood and stewardship as it pertains to a broad array of firms and types of business. 

Dr. Knight has four children, two boys and two girls, and six grandchildren. His hobbies and interests include traveling, walking, and reading, including topics such as business, history, theology, philosophy, railroading, and firefighting. 

Grace through the Good News of the risen Christ drives Dr. Knight’s faith journey. The delight of his life is to mentor others on their journey with Christ. One of his favorite quotes that defines his 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) 

Ad augusta per angusta! 


Ph.D., Business Administration, Anderson University, 2014 

MBA, Olivet Nazarene University, 1989 

BS, Business Administration, Milligan College, 1973