Campbell University

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Campbell University is a university of the liberal arts, sciences, and professions that is committed to helping students develop an integrated Christian personality characterized by a wholeness of body, mind and spirit.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Campbell University
143 Main Street
Buies Creek, NC 27506


Phone: (800) 334-4111


Organization details

EIN: 560529940

CEO/President: J. Bradley Creed

Chairman: Benjamin N. Thompson

Board size: 42

Founder: J.A. Campbell

Year founded: 1939

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Fueled by a higher calling, we provide a transformational learning experience that prepares students for servant leadership and equips them with skills and habits to make a difference in the lives of others.

Mission statement

The mission of Campbell University is to graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful service.

Statement of faith

The University is informed and inspired by its Baptist heritage and three basic theological and biblical presuppositions: learning is appointed and conserved by God as essential to the fulfillment of human destiny; in Christ all things consist and find ultimate unity; and the Kingdom of God in this world is rooted and grounded in Christian community. The University embraces the conviction that there is no conflict between the life of faith and the life of inquiry.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating227 of 81720 of 100
Fund acquisition rating310 of 81739 of 100
Resource allocation rating146 of 81710 of 100
Asset utilization rating462 of 81763 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$19,603,284$18,798,469$21,100,694$21,330,751$19,871,470
Short-term investments$177,013,339$204,007,641$194,732,854$176,143,539$175,084,372
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$229,597,464$238,454,780$239,676,011$242,789,666$229,976,923
Long-term investments$562,574$562,574$568,674$568,674$522,706
Fixed assets$326,736,946$299,068,735$292,651,267$269,156,352$243,242,713
Other long-term assets$11,709,555$8,158,817$8,452,711$8,698,938$8,462,091
Total long-term assets$339,009,075$307,790,126$301,672,652$278,423,964$252,227,510
Total assets$568,606,539$546,244,906$541,348,663$521,213,630$482,204,433
Payables and accrued expenses$11,248,067$9,702,607$10,548,688$9,207,355$7,196,970
Other current liabilities$6,680,258$6,006,305$5,670,785$4,647,745$3,955,480
Total current liabilities$17,928,325$15,708,912$16,219,473$13,855,100$11,152,450
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$24,264,413$19,718,841$24,930,984$26,599,466$25,715,936
Total long-term liabilities$150,532,898$126,032,608$127,328,448$126,244,079$88,229,384
Total liabilities$168,461,223$141,741,520$143,547,921$140,099,179$99,381,834
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$64,247,996$83,977,865$76,182,140$71,860,562$78,891,621
Permanently restricted$117,859,559$111,231,840$106,937,406$101,548,499$94,053,415
Net assets$400,145,316$404,503,386$397,800,742$381,114,451$382,822,599
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Total contributions$25,171,619$18,461,371$18,103,232$21,009,963$20,882,994
Program service revenue$209,383,141$208,763,460$204,492,125$190,808,225$167,543,551
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$11,854,837$11,833,650$17,587,379($57,344)$21,922,646
Other revenue$3,625,895$2,481,698$2,991,620$2,905,432$1,549,767
Total other revenue$224,863,873$223,078,808$225,071,124$193,656,313$191,015,964
Total revenue$250,035,492$241,540,179$243,174,356$214,666,276$211,898,958
Program services$221,866,952$226,965,657$215,126,781$196,029,628$174,739,080
Management and general$16,537,071$11,916,018$12,042,891$10,526,635$7,786,363
Total expenses$242,156,080$242,836,287$231,314,139$209,558,382$185,216,644
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Surplus (deficit)$7,879,412($1,296,108)$11,860,217$5,107,894$26,682,314
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$7,879,412($1,296,108)$11,860,217$5,107,894$26,682,314


J Bradley CreedPresident$470,752
John KauffmanDean, College of Osteopathic$432,164
J Rich LeonardDean, School of Law$330,461
David TolentinoAssoc Dean Clinical Affairs$298,419
James E PowersAssoc Dean Clinical Integrat'n$295,679
Harold ElliottChair, Dept of Psychiatry$289,613
James RobertsVice-President For Business$209,451
John RobersonExec Asst To the President$170,114
Julie ByrdComptroller, Treasurer$133,136

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/26/2020. To update the information below, please email:


On Jan. 5, 1887, James Archibald Campbell, a 26-year-old Baptist minister, welcomed 16 students to a small church in Buies Creek, N.C., for the first day of classes for the school he founded: Buies Creek Academy. By the end of the first term, there were 92 students. Since then, Buies Creek Academy has evolved to become Campbell Junior College (1926), Campbell College (1961), and Campbell University (1979). Throughout these transformations, the university has remained true to its founding principles to address the most pressing needs of North Carolina and to educate men and women for Christian service around the world.

Program accomplishments

Ranked "A Best in the Southeast" college by Princeton Review, and among Best Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report