Ken Armstrong

Professor of Management

Dr. Ken Armstrong comes to PLNU as a Professor of Management with an extensive career in higher education. He began his career in 1972 as an Associate Professor at Olivet Nazarene University, then as an Associate Professor at Eastern Nazarene from 1975-1976, before returning to Olivet Nazarene University where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Business and Economics until 1990. He then served as Chair and Dean of the Falls School of Business at Anderson University from 1990 to 2003 before returning to full-time teaching. Dr. Armstrong also served as Dean of George Fox University’s School of Business from 2008-2010 and Interim Dean of Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian School of Business from 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. He has had experience developing and growing undergraduate, master and doctoral level programs, and has traveled and taught extensively abroad. Dr. Armstrong has been actively involved in national business higher education organizations, having served as President and Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and Chair of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA). He received the Distinguished Service Award from ACBSP, the Richard Chewning Award for the Integration of Faith and Business from CBFA, and was the Austin/Cooper Endowed Professor of Global Business Studies at Anderson University.


  • Ph.D., Strategic Planning, Northwestern University
  • MBA, Management, Central Michigan University
  • B.S., Business Administration, Olivet Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Managing in a Changing Environment - BUS 660
  • Strategic Management - BUS 695
  • Principles of Management - MGT 212

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene Universty, Visiting Professor, 2017 - Present
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Interim Dean, 2011 - 2012, 2013 - 2014 
  • Eastern Nazarene College, Business Department Consultant and Acting Department Chair, 2012 - 2014
  • Anderson University, Part-time Faculty, 2010 - 2011
  • George Fox University, Dean of the School of Business, 2008 - 2010
  • Anderson University, Professor of Management, 1990 - 2008
  • Anderson University, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, 1995 - 2000
  • Anderson University, Dean of the School of Business, 1991 - 2003
  • Olivet Nazarene University, Professor, 1976 - 1990
  • Eastern Nazarene University, Associate Professor, 1975 - 1976

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Christian Business Faculty Association, Co-founder and Member
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Member
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Site Evaluator
  • Church at the Crossing, Board of Elders
  • University Budget Committee, Member
  • Strategic Planning Committee, Member
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member
  • Delta Mu Delta, Member
  • Board of Directors of The Pastors Institute, Chairperson
  • Anderson Visiting Nurse Health Care, Board of Directors

Awards and Honors

  • Christian Business Faculty Association Chewning Award, 2002

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Armstrong, K., Erickson, T., and Wiese, M. (2006). Distinctiveness in Christian Business Education: a Call for Faculty Educational Entrepreneurship. Christian Business Academy Review, 1(1).
  • Armstrong, K., Proffit, D., and Hill, A. (1996). Insights into the Behavior of Russian Managers. Business Forum.
  • Armstrong, K. and Wiese, M. (1995, October). Salt and Light: A Paradigm for the Christian Business Program Revisited. Presentation at the Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference, Canton, Ohio.
  • Armstrong, K. and Sago, B. (1995, June). Generational Age Continuums as Trigger Criteria for Organizational Change. Paper presentation at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Armstrong, K., Hill, J.D., and Proffit, D. (1991, November). The Basis for Business Decisions in Russia. Presentation at the Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Armstrong, K. (1985). The Effect of Power on the Role of the Governing Board in the Governance of the Private Colleges & Universities of Illinois. (Doctoral Dissertation). Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.