Penn State Harrisburg

Mukund S. Kulkarni, Ph.D.

· Chancellor; Chancellor's Office
· Professor of Finance; Business Administration


Mukund S. Kulkarni became the chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg in 2010. He joined Penn State Harrisburg in 1985 as a faculty member in the School of Business Administration. He received his education in India and the United States and has earned M.A., M.B.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

Dr. Kulkarni has held several administrative positions at Penn State Harrisburg. Prior to becoming chancellor, he was senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2006-2010.  He had served as director of the School of Business Administration from 1996-2006.

During Dr. Kulkarni's tenure, Penn State Harrisburg has experienced substantial growth in student population. In support of enrollment growth, he has overseen the successful introduction of new degree programs, expanded teaching and learning support to faculty, and developed and executed plans to upgrade instructional technology and improvements to classroom facilities. Also under his leadership, campus-wide outcomes assessment efforts have expanded throughout all academic units as well as across co-curricular programs.

In addition to his administrative appointment, Dr. Kulkarni holds the rank of professor of finance. He is published widely in various academic journals and other publications and has presented his research at scholarly conferences. He has delivered lectures and provided consultations to other business schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, and he has valuable corporate experience in the commercial banking industry.

Continuing Education Interests

Computer-based financial management and financial analysis, financial management for nonfinance managers.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Finance Association
  • Financial Management Association
  • Eastern Finance Association
  • Southern Finance Association

Research Interests

  • Corporate finance
  • Capital budgeting
  • Banking operations