North Park University

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NPU is located in Chicago's Albany Park and North Park neighborhoods, drawing upon the extraordinary educational assets of a world-class city. As a student at NPU, you can choose from 120+ programs housed in seven colleges and schools, and benefit from a core curriculum designed to forge new and meaningful connections across the sciences, humanities, business, and the arts.

Contact information

Mailing address:
North Park University
3225 West Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625-4895


Phone: 773-244-6200


Organization details

EIN: 361557840

CEO/President: Mary Surridge

Chairman: David Otfinoski

Board size: 30


Year founded: 1942

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Building on our core institutional identity-Christian, city-centered, intercultural-our vision is to create a university of uncommon character and enduring excellence, where faith, learning, and service meet.

Mission statement

The mission of North Park University, as the university of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating162 of 81714 of 100
Fund acquisition rating121 of 81717 of 100
Resource allocation rating154 of 81713 of 100
Asset utilization rating513 of 81775 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,749,782$9,417,163$11,620,156$11,304,173$12,447,189
Short-term investments$134,844,412$123,806,067$120,544,293$112,479,408$117,622,914
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$157,987,212$153,062,637$145,939,349$137,603,134$142,919,320
Long-term investments$30,982,844$30,904,165$37,321,747$34,577,540$31,571,608
Fixed assets$122,151,497$122,173,399$118,557,045$118,509,618$120,986,875
Other long-term assets$1,533,702$1,368,026$1,287,195$1,243,746$1,245,711
Total long-term assets$154,668,043$154,445,590$157,165,987$154,330,904$153,804,194
Total assets$312,655,255$307,508,227$303,105,336$291,934,038$296,723,514
Payables and accrued expenses$5,944,225$5,891,070$7,323,177$6,394,409$5,970,118
Other current liabilities$1,488,245$1,487,369$1,444,154$1,619,287$1,547,017
Total current liabilities$7,432,470$7,378,439$8,767,331$8,013,696$7,517,135
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,963,254$3,942,154$9,900,873$10,053,910$8,462,917
Total long-term liabilities$86,684,516$87,201,386$93,698,076$94,495,462$94,176,381
Total liabilities$94,116,986$94,579,825$102,465,407$102,509,158$101,693,516
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$11,859,147$12,701,873$10,624,108$9,251,709$14,172,160
Permanently restricted$62,284,734$61,120,137$60,658,348$60,019,580$58,907,410
Net assets$218,538,269$212,928,402$200,639,929$189,424,880$195,029,998
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,968,758$15,730,557$14,573,642$14,780,118$16,627,029
Program service revenue$71,606,384$70,041,206$70,158,374$69,650,845$69,005,839
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,808,586$8,627,970$6,630,897$326,592$4,068,315
Other revenue$281,322$43,172$71,009$97,117$63,904
Total other revenue$76,696,292$78,712,348$76,860,280$70,074,554$73,138,058
Total revenue$91,665,050$94,442,905$91,433,922$84,854,672$89,765,087
Program services$86,692,146$82,639,826$79,149,058$77,708,715$74,792,365
Management and general$7,317,106$1,492,886$8,326,209$8,923,284$7,543,630
Total expenses$95,408,365$85,997,823$89,198,792$88,303,827$84,165,393
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($3,743,315)$8,445,082$2,235,130($3,449,155)$5,599,694
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($3,743,315)$8,445,082$2,235,130($3,449,155)$5,599,694


David ParkynFormer President$284,590
Mary SurridgeNPU President, Ex-Officio$281,601
Carl BalsamInterim University President$277,573
Gary WalterTrustee, Ex-Officio$238,797
Scott StenmarkExec. VP and CFO$208,082
Michael EmersonProvost$207,200
David KerstenDean of Seminary$166,627
John WenrichECC President, Ex-Officio$161,760
Shena KeithVP for Advancement$149,340
Linda DuncanDean, School of Nursing$148,240
Jodi Koslow MartinVP for Student Engagement$148,217
Anne McCullahDirector of Finance$105,515

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/27/2020. To update the information below, please email:


North Park University's history and heritage reach back to a Minneapolis church basement in 1891, where classes in language and business gave Swedish immigrants the skills needed to prosper in America. With an offer of land in Chicago, the school moved to the North Park neighborhood which was then just beyond the city limits. Old Main, the first building on campus, was completed in 1894. Its cupola became a landmark for pilots to locate Orchard Field (now O'Hare International Airport). The cupola was the tallest point on the city's north side. At various points in its history, North Park was an academy, a junior college, and a four-year liberal arts college. We became a university, with a theological seminary, in 1997. Now, North Park is Chicago's city-centered Christian University. It serves nearly 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country and the world. Within a diverse, close-knit community, it offers a values-based education to students through more than 40 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate and continuing education in business, nonprofit management, nursing, education, music, and theology. Campus facilities have been extensively renovated, including the LEED-certified Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, the Helwig Recreation Center, the Holmgren Athletic Complex, and the Brandel Library.

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