For the Record
In addition to being a professor of business at Kalamazoo College for the past 20 years, Tim Moffit has started or purchased eight different businesses. Dr. Moffit currently has an ownership interest in and management responsibilities at Stratford Valuation Advisors, The Stratford Institute, and Sleep Care Supplies and Equipment.
Tim Moffit earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with honors in economics from Kalamazoo College, a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in general management from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a Doctorate of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree in finance from Nova Southeastern University.
Off the Record
I was born in Cadillac, Michigan in 1959. I have two older brothers and two younger sisters. My parents were high school graduates with “blue collar” jobs. My father installed floor covering and my mother sewed car seats for a Chrysler supplier. When I was 12 years old, my family moved from the small city of Cadillac, Michigan to an 80-acre dirt farm about ten miles away in Boon, Michigan.
I graduated fourth in my high school class of about 275 students, only because I took many shop (industrial arts) classes and few, if any, math, science and foreign language classes. I told my high school counselor that I wanted a career in reading, writing and public speaking. He was convinced I should be a builder. He was right, and wrong. I am now a value builder who reads, writes and teaches the principles of making, managing and measuring value.
After bouncing around a couple of colleges, I finally landed in the fall of 1978 at Kalamazoo College, a renowned academic institution in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I graduated less than two years later, in June of 1980, with honors in economics. I then moved to Japan where I taught English to junior and senior high school students and teachers for two years for the Japanese Ministry of Education.
In the fall of 1982, I matriculated into Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. I was ill prepared for the business curriculum; I really did not have the Wall Street experiences of many of my classmates, but I caught on relatively quickly and found the quality of education to be nothing short of invigorating…I enjoyed the subject matter well enough, but the quality of teaching was genuinely exceptional.
Upon graduating from Dartmouth, I moved to Minneapolis where I worked in several strategic planning and finance related positions for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to start up. After five quick years of career wandering, I found my way back to Kalamazoo, Michigan where I accepted a one-year sabbatical replacement teaching position at Kalamazoo College, my alma mater. I am now working my 20th one-year replacement stint, with teaching responsibilities in accounting and finance.
Since moving back to Kalamazoo, I have also started five businesses and purchased three more. Some have been successful; some have not – all have provided me with tuition and fodder for intellectual and personal growth. And from these experiences, both academic and “real world”, I have learned that sustainable organizational models have developed value-oriented cultures. For this reason, I am a crusader for value.