John C. Knapp, PhD, is University Professor and Mann Family Professor of Ethics and Leadership. He serves as founding Director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, established in the Brock School of Business to support teaching, research and service across the Samford University campus. Before joining Samford in 2008, he was Professor and Director of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the fifth largest business school in the United States. The center was established under his leadership 1993 and grew to become one of the nation's leading resources for leaders seeking to strengthen ethics and integrity in organizations.
Internationally known as a featured speaker and seminar leader for business and professional organizations, Dr. Knapp contributes to public understanding of ethics through frequent interviews with such media as The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Sports Illustrated, Entrepreneur, National Public Radio, Financial Week and Bloomberg News Service.
His books include For the Common Good: the Ethics of Leadership in the 21st Century and Leaders on Ethics: Real-World Perspectives on Today's Business Challenges. He is co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume set, The Business of Higher Education. In 2009, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company will release his newest book, World's Apart: How the Church Fails Businesspeople (and What Can Be Done about It).
Dr. Knapp's scholarly work was recognized in 2007 with his induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College, and in 2001 with the Georgia Governor's Award in the Humanities. He is an adjunct Professor of Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, teaching courses in the doctoral program, and previously was Senior Scholar and Professor of Ethical Leadership at Kennesaw State University.