Adjunct Professor, School of Business
Currently, Kevin Grant is a visiting professor and adjunct in Southern California; teaching both undergraduate and graduate level students. Many of the courses taught include corporate finance, personal finance, money and banking, economics, leadership, strategic research, consulting, and quality management. Kevin has a vast teaching experience with UCLA, Vanguard University, Azusa Pacific University as an adjunct for nine years in the graduate MBA program, ten years at National University as a core adjunct, three years as a senior faculty member for the Keller Graduate School of Business and Management, adjunct professor Chapman University and four years at Concordia University. Key curriculum development and teaching have been in the areas of leadership, finance, economics, strategic research and public administration. For three years Dr Grant held the position of Special Assistant to the President at Marymount California University. His unique leadership has expanded the University program by building urban and rural campuses in Southern and Northern California.
Kevin holds degrees in Business Administration, Sterling College, Kansas; MBA in Entrepreneurial Finance, Azusa Pacific University, California; and PhD in Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship from Regent University, Virginia. His dissertation title is “Shift in Spiritual Leadership: Analysis of Metanoia Stories to Get at the Spiritual Aspect”. As an outflow from his research and dissertation work Kevin published journal articles called “Who are the Lepers in Our Organizations?: A Case for Compassionate Leadership and another called, “Imperfect People Leading Imperfect People: Creating Environments of Forgiveness”. Kevin completed a new book with David Boje which was published March 2010.
Prior to teaching fulltime Kevin spent over 28 years of professional experience in the corporate world as a CFO and COO. His business background included major Fortune 500 companies and non-profits. Some of his highlights are the North American Treasurer for ICL Computers (the second largest computer company in the world; with corporate offices in the UK) and Financial Controller for other major manufacturing companies such as Weslock and Western Wheel. Kevin was “pulled” into the non-profit world because of his background growing up in Saudi Arabia, India, and Pakistan where his parents started The Oasis Hospital in the UAE under the approval of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan. Because of Kevin’s diverse background in business; he consults with a variety of clients in the profit and non-profit sectors focusing on strategy, finance, and leadership. His current research, consulting and executive development interests are focused on intrinsic motivation, developing teams, and individual transformation through spiritual leadership.
Some significant highlights and contributions in the learning environment have included starting the first annual economic summit at Vanguard University where students and local businesses forecasted future business trends. This first economic summit was led by the Orange County’s Treasurer Office, headed up by John Moorlach, who is currently in the role as the supervisor for Orange County. The second annual economic summit featured the popular economic columnist Jonathan Lansner, with debates on minimal wage increase and universal health care. Kevin has incorporated leadership forums at Vanguard University on subjects about personal finance and organizational change. Kevin has presented scholarly papers at National and International symposia, and led an international leadership series in the Ukraine for leaders throughout Russia and the Ukraine. Recently Dr. Grant was a keynote speaker in Guatemala on leadership.
Kevin’s interests have aligned himself with other significant scholars in the field of organizational leadership such as: Dr. David Boje, New Mexico State University, Dr. Joan Marques, Woodbury University, Dr. Jodi Fry, Tarleton State University, Dr. Jerry Biberman, Scranton University, and Dr. Grace Ann Rosile, New Mexico State University. These colleagues have been significant in Kevin’s research and furthering his studies on transformational leadership in the workplace.