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John E. Mulford, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Center for EntrepreneurshipProfessor757.352.4354

John E. Mulford, Jr., Ph.D.


Dr. John Mulford 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.

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, 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, 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.


Ph.D., Cornell University, City and Regional Planning

B.S., Brown University, Engineering, Magna Cum Laud


Books & Book Chapters:

Mulford, J., & Winston B. (1996) The Word on Management. JKO Publishing Inc., (2nd edition).

Mulford, J. (1983). "Effects on participants" (Chapter 5). In Ira S. Lowry (Ed.), Experimenting with Housing Allowance. Oelgschlager, Gunn, & Hain Publishers, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

Mulford, J. (1983). "Earmarked income supplements" (Chapter 10). In J. Friedman and D. H. Weinberg (Eds.), The Great Housing Experiment, Vol. 24. Urban Affairs Annual Reviews, Sage Publications.

Journal Articles:

Mulford, J. (1985). "Policy models for CEO's: A case study in banking." Interfaces, 15(5), 64-70.

Mulford, J. (1985, June 14). "To war on poverty: A Christian economist on the Bible and state involvement." Christianity Today, p. 30. Excerpted from "Biblical Teaching on National Poverty Policy," paper presented at the American Economic Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, December 1984.

Mulford, J., McDowell, J., Helbers, L., Murray, M., & Yildiz, O. (1982). Housing consumption in a housing allowance program. The Rand Corporation, R-2779-HUD.

Rydell, C. P., Mulford, J., & Helbers, L. (1982). Price increases caused by housing assistance programs. The Rand Corporation, R-2677-HUD, 1980 (coauthored). Condensed version appears in Policy Studies Annual Review, Vol. 6, Ray C. Rist (Ed.), Sage Publications, Inc., 1982.

Rydell, C. P., & Mulford, J. (1982). Consumption increases caused by housing assistance programs. The Rand Corporation R-2809-HUD. Presented at the Third Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, October, 1981.

Mulford, J., Weiner, G., & McDowell, J. (1980). How allowance recipients adjust housing consumption. The Rand Corporation, N-1456-HUD.

Mulford, J. (1979). Income elasticity of housing demand. The Rand Corporation, R-2449-HUD, 1979. Presented at Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference on the Housing Choices of Low-Income Families, Washington, DC, March.

Rydell, C. P., Mulford, J., & Kozimor, L. (1979). "Participation rates in government transfer programs: Application to housing allowances." Management Science, 25(5), 444-453.


National Science Foundation Fellowship, 1974-1977

Cornell Graduate Fellowship, 1973

Francis Wayland Scholar, Brown University, 1971

Sigma Xi Tau Beta Pi