Our Mission

Professor Sean Mulholland became the CSFE Director in July 2022.

About CSFE


Professor Sean Mulholland became the CSFE Director in July 2022.

Founded in 2015 as a part of Western Carolina University, The Center for Study of Free Enterprise (CSFE) supports the University’s economic development missions through scholarly inquiry and community engagement in the areas of economic development, applied research, and free enterprise. The Centers’ Advisory Board consists of WCU faculty and community members from the private and public sectors, and a Director within the School of Economics, Management, and Project Management and is housed within the College of Business with a direct report to the Dean.

At the CSFE, our mission is to provide economics research and thought leadership on issues pertaining to economic development in North Carolina, the region, and beyond, by conducting scholarly inquiry, policy analysis, educational activities, and community outreach on the role of free enterprise in a flourishing society. We seek to involve students and faculty from every college and discipline on campus and support their work that improves understanding of economic development in the region, state, and beyond. The Center will be an interdisciplinary forum for WCU faculty, students, and community members to exchange ideas, engage in mutual outreach, and collaborate on applied research.

What We Do



Research Support

through student-faculty research projects that result in peer-reviewed publications and which engage national and global issues, while establishing relevance for the state and region.

Student Scholarships

fellowships, and research opportunities to students from any major/department.

Public Engagement

Publication and distribution of supported research and sponsorship of public forums on a variety of topics.

Free Enterprise Speaker Series

A no-cost forum for the campus and community to explore all points of view on important issues of the day.

Professional Development for K12 Teachers

Access to free online educational resources and classroom materials.

Faculty Supported

Students Served

Event Attendees