Alan is holder of the Baldwin Wallace Chair in Faith & Life and Professor of Religion at Baldwin Wallace. He earned degrees from Guilford College, Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Alan, Peter Rea and Jamie Stoller, MD, recently published the book, Exception to the Rule. Alan is a co-author with his business colleagues, Peter Rea and Pierre Everaert, on an earlier book, Igniting Innovation With Integrity: Following the B.R.I.C. Road. Alan also co-authored an even earlier book with Peter Rea, Integrity is a Growth Market: Character-Based Leadership. This book has been translated into Portuguese. In addition, he has numerous publications in contemporary spirituality, including two popular books, Fresh Winds of the Spirit and Canopy of Light & Love. He writes a daily inspirational blog (www.alankolp.blogspot.com and www.twitter.com/KolpAlan)
Before coming to Baldwin-Wallace University in 2000, Alan taught at Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, IN. For six years he served as head of the graduate school with the title, Dean of Earlham School of Religion. Alan also served eight years as Pastoral Leader at First Friends Meeting in Richmond. Currently, Alan serves on the Lay Advisory Committee at the Jesuit Retreat House in Cleveland, OH and is on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society.
Alan continues to teach Religion at Baldwin Wallace and was honored in May, 2015 with the Strosacker Award for Excellent in Teaching. He has also won the Gigax Faculty Scholarship Award and, earlier, the Bechberger Award for Human Development. Alan was the co-founder with Peter Rea of the Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG), a campus-wide, co-curricular effort to infuse an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset in all students. He is also the NCAA Faculty Representative and is active teaching every semester a Leadership Colloquium for student athletes. To recognize his commitment, there is an annual award named in his honor: the Alan Kolp Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He spent a year in Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship and has taught in England. He has been a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, University of California at Berkeley and at Kellogg College, Oxford University. He is in demand as a speaker, retreat leader and, along with Peter Rea, serves a consultant for businesses, non-profit organizations, and a variety of faith communities. During the past few years, Alan and Peter led seminars in Germany, Russia, China, Lithuania, Brazil, England, India, as well as locally in the USA. He regularly contributes as a consultant to Parker Hannifin, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Cleveland.