Dr John Mulford serves as director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and professor in the School of Business & Leadership. Mulford has trained, consulted, and lectured on business and economic development with groups of business, education and government leaders in many countries, including Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Burundi, Cameroon, South Africa, Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, Spain, Morocco, Indonesia and Ukraine.
He has been active researching and furthering the Business as Mission movement, serving on boards of FCCI, C12, NPIM, and launching seven business development centers in Africa &India. 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. At Regent he teaches international entrepreneurship and conducts research on social investing and best practices for growing kingdom businesses in developing countries.
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.
John Mulford, has been uniquely prepared by God to lead this effort. The seed was planted more than 35 years ago in bachelor’s and PhD programs that focused on economic development. It was watered over the last 23 years at Regent through studying what the Bible says about business, observing the superiority of markets over government planning, and exposure to world missions through Regent and CBN. His enduring passion for economic development for the disadvantaged now coincides with the awakening of business people to opportunities for business as mission. At Regent, he served as Dean of the Business School from 1990-2004. From 1994-1997 and 2000-01, Mulford also served as Regent’s Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations & CFO, and from 1994 to 2002, he served as Chief Investment Officer, managing the university’s $300 million endowment. Mulford earned the B.S. in Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University, and the Ph.D. in Regional Economics from Cornell University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow.