John E. Mulford, Jr., Ph.D. |   

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John E. Mulford, Jr. serves as director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and professor in the School of Business & Leadership. He teaches international entrepreneurship and conducts research on social investing and best practices for growing kingdom businesses in developing countries.

Dr. Mulford came to Regent University in 1982 as a founding faculty member in the School of Business. He served as dean of that school from 1990 to 2004. From 1994 to 1997 and 2000 to 2001, he served as Regent’s executive vice president of finance and operations, overseeing all the business functions of the university. From 1994 to 2002, he also served as chief investment officer, managing the university’s endowment.

Before coming to Regent, Dr. Mulford conducted policy research at the Rand Corporation and served as vice president and senior economist at First Interstate Bank of California. His housing research at Rand, published in monographs and articles, influenced the design of federal housing programs in the 1970s and 1980s. At First Interstate Bank, he advised the senior management on credit models and consumer deposit instruments.

At Regent, Dr. Mulford has taught economics, statistics and management science, but his passion has been developing a comprehensive Christian worldview of business and equipping those called to business with the tools to glorify God in their work. He has a particular interest in seeing disadvantaged groups advance through entrepreneurial activity.


  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, 1974-1977
  • Cornell Graduate Fellowship, 1973
  • Francis Wayland Scholar, Brown University, 1971
  • Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi


  • Chairman, Steering Committee of South Hampton Roads Leadership Prayer Luncheon
  • Board Member and Head, International Programs, Nehemiah Project International Ministries


  • Ph.D., Cornell University
    City and Regional Planning
  • B.S., Brown University
    Engineering, Magna Cum Laud

Research Interests

  • Theory of multiple bottom line investing
  • Best practices for growing kingdom businesses in developing countries
  • Religion, economic development and social capital