Kris Knotts joined Krannert's staff in 2007 and was recently promoted to web development and marketing analytics director. (Photo by Mark Simons)
Knotts says one of the highlights of his time at Purdue has been in working with website accessibility and learning about the process so he could become a resource for the Purdue community.
“I started out with everyone else,” he says. “I knew there was going to be a policy created on this, and I was worried that the policy would lead to costs that we couldn’t support. I joined the Web Accessibility Committee, and they really started leaning on my expertise, so I had to figure out the steps needed and create a training method to teach others how to make their websites accessible.”
A solid investment
Knotts, a native of Peru, Ind., earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue in organizational leadership and supervision in 2002 and an MBA from Krannert in December 2013. Knotts earned an MBA through Krannert’s Weekend MBA program over a course of three years while working full time. For him, he says it was the perfect program.
“I knew I wanted to get my MBA and I wanted to find out more about it. Is getting an MBA worth it? I looked at the cost, and decided I wanted to keep my full-time job, so I tried the weekend program.”
Thanks to a supportive wife and boss, Knotts was able to complete the degree in three years. He says the hard work was definitely worth it and has opened up endless doors.
“I’ve been able to take the concepts I learned right into work,” he says. “I’m more confident in meetings, and I’m able to run data on a possible idea or solution instead of just going with my gut. I now know how to analyze and know that I am making decisions correctly.”
In addition to gaming, Knotts enjoys medieval sword fighting and is active in the Society for Creative Anachronism.
“We put on armor and swing swords at each other,” he says, “It’s an interesting way to learn that history.”
He and his wife, Christina, also enjoy learning to play various musical instruments (“We have six or seven musical instruments around the house”) and dog training (or trying to) with their husky-Australian cattle dog mix, Mal.
Knotts is proud of all the work he’s done at Purdue, but he’s not resting on his laurels.
“Every project I do, when it’s done, I think I’m really, really happy with it,” he says. “But then I start looking at it and thinking that I could have done this or that better. I’m never quite satisfied with my work, but I guess that’s a good thing. I am a firm believer in continual improvement.”
Knotts is happy where he is but is open to the opportunities the future holds, whether that is in his current job or in ventures like a company he owns that will be looking to develop websites and apps.
“I love the team I work with at Krannert,” he says, “They are engaged, talented and give feedback on what is and isn’t working. I’m lucky to be part of such a great team.”
No matter which direction he chooses, Knotts enjoys moving forward.
“I like results and I like helping other people,” he says. “I think my work has helped make both Krannert and Purdue better.”