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Paul Mass

Paul Mass
Entrepreneur in Residence; Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
CoLab, Alden Library 301


  • J.D., Emory University School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), Duke University


Paul Mass is Entrepreneur in Residence at OHIO's College of Business in Athens, Ohio. He also serves as Director of the University’s Center For Entrepreneurship where he's helping to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting student and faculty entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and businesses throughout the southeast Ohio region. 

Paul has benefited from a diverse career beginning as a corporate attorney and continuing on as a successful entrepreneur and business executive helping to create, fund, manage and lead companies in the cable television, radio, information service, biotech and e-commerce industries. Paul has served as a Partner, General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, and President and CEO, respectively, at various times throughout his more than 35 year professional career.

Two of the ventures Paul helped build are still owned and operated out of San Diego, CA:

  • ClosingCorp, Inc. is a proprietary data base of residential real estate information providing consumers and mortgage lenders with critical data needed for home purchases covering every address in the United States.
  • GovX, Inc. is the country’s largest online e-commerce website exclusively serving members of the U.S. military, first responders, and certain government service employees.

The Entrepreneur In Residence professorship is supported by two passionate alumni who wish to remain anonymous. Their gift recognizes a non-academic professional who teaches entrepreneurship skills, and along with student intern consulting teams, consults and interacts with the businesses of central Appalachia. The professor who holds this professorship represents a seasoned, skilled entrepreneur who brings valuable consulting expertise into OHIO's classrooms and to an economically distressed Appalachian Ohio.

Selected Publication

  • Paul J. Mass & Carl S. von Mehren, Cable Theft: The Problem, the Need for Useful State Legislation, and a Proposed Solution for Georgia, 35 EMORY L.J. 643 (1986)