K. Caleb Chan, PhD

MBA leadership Caleb Chan

K. Caleb Chan, PhD 

Dean and Professor of Business 


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. K. Caleb Chan came to the U.S. to further his education in 1985, graduating from King College with a degree in Economics and Business. He went on and completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Decisions Sciences from Georgia State University (Atlanta, Georgia) in 1993. Dr. Chan then joined the faculty at Spring Arbor University and has been teaching in the MBA and undergraduate business programs. His areas of expertise include statistical analysis, forecasting, and international business. Dr. Chan led eight cross cultural trips to China and Cambodia between 2004 and 2016. He has been selected twice as recipient of the Faculty Merit Award (1997, 2005). In 2009, he was named recipient of the Harold Darling Keeper of the Concept Award. He has served as the Faculty Advisor for the Spring Arbor University Enactus Team from 2002-2021. Between 2011 and 2015, he was involved as co-external evaluator of the Duke University Ph.D. Pipeline Opportunity Project that helps mobilize under-represented minority students to pursue a Ph.D. in business. 

Outside the SAU community, Dr. Chan is involved as a board member of the Free Methodist Foundation (Spring Arbor, MI) and MyPlace (Jackson, MI), which is a newly founded non-profit organization to provide low-cost housing to youth who have aged out of the foster system in the Jackson area. 

Dr. Chan has been married to Koch (who also came from Hong Kong) for over 30 years. They have two sons, Clifton, a high school English teacher in Indonesia, and Chester, an electrical engineer who is married to Angelina. 


Ph.D., Business Administration, Major: Decision Sciences Minor: Management Information Systems, Georgia State University, 1993 

B.A., Business Administration and Economics, King College, 1987 

Teacher's Certificate, Chinese Language, English, Art, Northcote College of Education, Hong Kong, 1983 


I came here in 1993 as a young faculty thinking that I’d stay for a couple years and then move on to greener pastures.  Little did I know that God had a bigger plan for me and my family.  Two years quickly became twenty when my family and I realized that SAU is the green pasture God always has in mind for us.  Over the years, I have been involved in teaching both undergraduate and MBA students.  I found teaching both age groups stimulating and rewarding.  It is fun to watch students wrestle with ideas, seek to apply them and grow to love the discipline.  The notion of combining business and missions also intrigues me.  I want to help my students see the value of a business education and how they can help advance God’s Kingdom using their business talents and skills, as well as characters founded on biblical principles. At SAU, I can focus on teaching students, not just the subject matter.  This makes the world of difference in a teaching career for me.

Email: cchan@arbor.edu