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John Spittell, Knox College business faculty and executive-in-residence


John Spittell

Wagner Distinguished Chair of Business & Management, Executive-in-Residence

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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John Spittell

Professor and Chair, Business and Management


Professor John Spittell has experience in banking, business, and economic development.

John Spittell, Knox College business faculty and executive-in-residence

How do you define success in business?

As a business owner/manager, I believe it is important to take a holistic approach to management, by learning all I can about customers, key operations, and enabling employees to succeed.

What is your approach to teaching business?

Business changes and evolves every day. Students need to acquire the proper skill sets required to meet the many and varied challenges they will face in life. A solid liberal arts education provides the best educational platform for any chosen course in life. I see my teaching as preparing and enabling students to be successful when they step off the Knox campus. For every topic in my classes, I have personal experience that brings the subject to life.

This approach has helped Knox students earn cash prizes at the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester, Early Leaders Case Competition.

The overall caliber of students in the competition, and the competitive environment itself, is very high. We are very proud of the outstanding performance and demonstrated skill sets brought to this event by the students from Knox. The Knox College relationship with the Simon Graduate School of Business continues to expand. More and more MBA Graduate Programs are interested in students who have a strong liberal arts background that gives them a solid foundation for business school and the business of life.

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Printed on Friday, December 8, 2023