Associate Professor and Chair, Department of
Economics & Business
and Director of the Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Phone: (805) 565-6248
Office Location: Deane Hall 110
Wednesday 3-5 p.m., Thursday 1-3 p.m.
and by appointment
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
B.A. Economics and Business, Westmont College
M.B.A. University of Kentucky
M.St., International Law, Oxford University
Rick Ifland, a successful entrepreneur and private equity investor, will direct Westmont's Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He will also teach courses as associate professor of economics and business.
Ifland will work to complete funding for the Eaton Program and the Eaton Chair in Economics and Business. Please see www.eatonprogram.org for more information.
He started a company that transformed automation of the mortgage credit industry, eventually selling it to a Fortune 500 company. He has since purchased 29 companies, improving and then selling 24 of them. Still active as an executive or shareholder in five ventures as the general partner of Oxford Holdings LLC, he plans to engage students in his work, exposing them to businesses as varied as new product medical device innovation, air ambulance transportation and global research.
While excellence in business typically translates into making a profit, Ifland also seeks to make a difference.
He's led and established non-governmental organizations to help the poor in the Middle East and Africa.