Dr. Ken Wright earned his academic degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (Doctor of Arts), Syracuse University (Master of Science), and Eastern Kentucky University (Bachelor of Science). After working in the academic and athletic settings at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Morehead State University, and Ohio University, Dr. Wright transitioned to the University of Alabama in 1988, where he is currently serving as Full Professor and Director of the Sports Business Management graduate program.
He served as a Doping Control Officer from 1990 to 2012, which included working three Olympic Games (London, Vancouver, and Salt Lake City). Dr. Wright is a distinguished scholar, researcher, and educator who is a respected expert and sought-after presenter across the globe. He has authored three textbooks, 13 videos, two software programs, countless scholarly articles, and secured numerous research and external educational grant contracts, all of which has contributed to the advancement of knowledge for professionals in the sports industry.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Dr. Wright continues to work with sports industry professionals as an educator and invited presenter at international meetings related to anti-doping, sports business, sports medicine, and athletic training. In 2000, Dr. Wright received the 2014 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame and Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from NATA. Dr. Wright’s research interest includes ethics and integrity, health-related medical information for sports participants and support personnel, and preventive techniques in sports medicine.