Michael Kennedy, D.B.A.
Professor Emeritus, Business and Management

D.B.A. Nova Southeastern University
M.S. Financial Management, Naval Post Graduate School
M.Div. Yale University
B.S. University of Oregon

I have always had a love for learning and have pursued knowledge my whole life. My interests in business and ministry have found a creative outlet at Northwest Christian. I grew up in Springfield and attended the University of Oregon. There was never any doubt that I would go to college but after that it was a little hazier. But through prayer and good advice, I went to seminary and into ministry for 25 years (pastoring a church in West Virginia and then serving as a Navy chaplain for 21 years). After retiring from the Navy in 1996 and moving back to Eugene, I felt the draw to teach at the college level. My degree from the University of Oregon was in Finance. While in the Navy, I went to the Naval Postgraduate School for a MS in Financial Management. I completed my doctorate in 2001 from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in Management. I have had a lifelong interest in history and I enjoy studying the history of business; I collect old business books (before 1920). I usually teach accounting, finance, and business ethics. I enjoy being involved at my church and at the state level of church activities. Since retiring from full time teaching at Northwest Christian University in 2011, I taught as an adjunct for five more years. Now, I continue to enjoy being involved in my local church and visiting our six grandchildren (as well as visiting our son and daughter and their spouses).

Publications and Writings
“Henri Fayol and the Rule of Saint Benedict: Is there anything new under the sun?” A paper presented to the Academy of Management History division and published in the Journal of Management History.

Memberships in Professional Organizations

  • Academy of Management
  • Christian Business Faculty Association
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education