John Brown University

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John Brown University is a leading private Christian university and Arkansas' top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2017). Enrolling more than 2,700 students from 40 states and 37 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs, JBU offers more than 39 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

Contact information

Mailing address:
John Brown University
2000 West University St.
Siloam Springs, AR 72761-2761


Phone: 479-524-9500


Organization details

EIN: 710239576

CEO/President: Dr. Charles W. Pollard

Chairman: Susan Barrett

Board size: 30

Founder: Dr. John E. Brown Sr.

Year founded: 1936

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


We are a Christ-centered, interdenominational university that leads the nation in integrating faith and learning, fostering holistic spiritual formation, promoting pragmatic liberal arts education, and preparing people to follow Christ's call to serve others in all areas of life.

Mission statement

John Brown University's mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

Statement of faith

As a Christian institution, John Brown University holds to the interdenominational doctrinal position identified by the following statements:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating266 of 81735 of 100
Fund acquisition rating170 of 81723 of 100
Resource allocation rating307 of 81734 of 100
Asset utilization rating510 of 81774 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,947,851$3,592,646$4,596,113$7,310,805$4,830,990
Short-term investments$110,863,048$109,081,704$102,213,841$82,504,542$87,489,965
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$122,327,576$116,721,029$114,319,066$106,633,583$107,156,886
Long-term investments$23,429,324$22,161,518$19,899,996$19,416,015$19,602,044
Fixed assets$89,576,514$95,276,512$90,921,863$89,338,623$86,030,819
Other long-term assets$3,322,250$3,211,566$3,213,239$3,210,894$3,307,523
Total long-term assets$116,328,088$120,649,596$114,035,098$111,965,532$108,940,386
Total assets$238,655,664$237,370,625$228,354,164$218,599,115$216,097,272
Payables and accrued expenses$3,473,428$4,610,977$3,869,260$4,586,969$4,022,417
Other current liabilities$1,185,265$1,430,905$1,757,996$1,931,977$1,585,717
Total current liabilities$4,658,693$6,041,882$5,627,256$6,518,946$5,608,134
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,273,793$1,255,664$1,299,766$1,308,355$1,504,010
Total long-term liabilities$7,909,833$8,359,699$8,862,427$9,324,661$9,409,010
Total liabilities$12,568,526$14,401,581$14,489,683$15,843,607$15,017,144
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$0$15,359,649$12,293,434$20,653,541
Permanently restricted$108,145,767$104,206,558$87,729,712$83,226,577$78,432,249
Net assets$226,087,138$222,969,044$213,864,481$202,755,508$201,080,128
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,815,387$16,676,389$15,052,833$18,678,588$18,732,192
Program service revenue$53,542,416$55,002,029$54,850,097$52,910,515$51,028,202
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,678,073$5,334,010$2,585,040$6,894,734$6,609,764
Other revenue$255,699$274,258$151,791$294,296$214,076
Total other revenue$59,476,188$60,610,297$57,586,928$60,099,545$57,852,042
Total revenue$76,291,575$77,286,686$72,639,761$78,778,133$76,584,234
Program services$63,123,828$63,161,019$62,108,481$59,295,498$59,521,361
Management and general$7,250,392$6,865,909$7,821,289$7,148,942$6,723,998
Total expenses$72,538,450$71,896,872$71,740,103$68,343,566$67,944,003
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$3,753,125$5,389,814$899,658$10,434,567$8,640,231
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,753,125$5,389,814$899,658$10,434,567$8,640,231


Charles PollardPresident$428,830
Dr Gary OliverDirector of CHR$218,112
James KrallVP of University Advancement$187,860
Edward EricsonVP for Academic Affairs$171,062
Kimberly M HadleyVP of Finance & Administration$169,224
Steve BeersVP for Student Development$158,188
Donald CrandallVP of Enrollment Management$149,543
Lori Chalmers part yearCEO Milestone Leadership$122,112

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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:


Established in 1919 by evangelist Dr. John E. Brown Sr., JBU was created to combine Christian liberal arts education with an emphasis on specialized vocational training. While we may not train airplane mechanics today, a "head, heart, hand" education with "Christ over all" is still our focus.

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