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Businessman Doug Murphy Serves as MC Entrepreneur in Residence

Businessman Doug Murphy
Businessman Doug Murphy

Businessman Doug Murphy will share his expertise building companies with hundreds of Mississippi College students.

He’s serving as the first instructor for the MC School of Business Entrepreneurship
program, university leaders announced Thursday.

Murphy brings a solid track record taking start-up companies through business
expansion and the corporate acquisition process. He’s the can-do executive who
understands refreshing new technology strategies as well as traditional customer
service methods.

MC School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo welcomes the Delta State University marketing graduate. Murphy knows mentoring skills, employee development and much more.

“Doug Murphy will bring a significant addition to the J.L. Holloway Center for
Entrepreneurship,” Eduardo said. “He will contribute greatly to our preparation of future entrepreneurs. We are very excited to have someone of Doug’s talent to help us launch this center.”

Starting in November, Murphy will participate in various entrepreneurship classes in Self Hall. He will maintain an office in MC School of Business headquarters and keep his
door open to students seeking advice.

In addition, Murphy will be among the judges selecting winning MC students in a
business plan competition. He will mentor students as well.

While he occasionally lectures, Murphy will meet students, faculty and the metro
Jackson community by appointment.

He will “discuss business start-up and growth to help meet their needs,” says professor
John Brandon, director of MC entrepreneurial development.

The initiative remains a key part of the J.L. Holloway Center for Entrepreneurship made
possible by a generous gift by Holloway to the Christian university in Clinton. Holloway
is a successful Mississippi businessman and longtime MC supporter.

The MC Entrepreneur in Residence program will continue in the Spring and future
years, Brandon said.

Murphy served as president and founder of Promoversity from 2010 through August
2018. The company focused on the collegiate market, including bookstores, students
and department buyers. He built sales to more than $10 million over four years. He sold
the business to B&N College.

Enrolled in Delta State’s MBA program, Murphy served as CEO and founder of the
company Club Colors from 1992 through 2010. Employing up to 125 people, the
company conceived, launched and grew apparel along with promotional products.