Dallas Baptist University

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Dallas Baptist University is a Christ-centered liberal arts university that fully integrates Biblical faith and academic learning and is dedicated to developing servant leaders.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

Website: dbu.edu

Phone: 214-333-7100

Email: admiss@dbu.edu

Organization details

EIN: 756001300

CEO/President: Adam Wright

Chairman: Dr. Gary Cook

Board size: 0


Year founded: 1946

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Building a great Christian university that is pleasing to God by producing Christ-centered servant leaders who are transforming the world.

Mission statement

The mission of Dallas Baptist University is to provide Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating336 of 81740 of 100
Fund acquisition rating192 of 81725 of 100
Resource allocation rating600 of 81774 of 100
Asset utilization rating311 of 81736 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,590,443$7,858,064$4,491,119$4,371,212$4,138,545
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$23,702,201$22,915,136$12,320,176$8,059,242$12,140,095
Long-term investments$51,714,939$50,218,801$46,419,285$40,829,007$41,049,515
Fixed assets$134,607,669$127,800,743$127,816,788$129,245,967$124,828,002
Other long-term assets$4,944,631$5,907,140$5,141,016$4,516,447$4,539,750
Total long-term assets$191,267,239$183,926,684$179,377,089$174,591,421$170,417,267
Total assets$214,969,440$206,841,820$191,697,265$182,650,663$182,557,362
Payables and accrued expenses$4,080,675$4,043,880$3,869,596$4,071,100$6,216,916
Other current liabilities$4,671,843$3,851,594$3,475,175$3,302,056$3,441,883
Total current liabilities$8,752,518$7,895,474$7,344,771$7,373,156$9,658,799
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,043,396$1,680,664$1,897,708$1,775,442$1,334,561
Total long-term liabilities$7,090,506$3,188,592$1,897,708$1,775,442$1,334,561
Total liabilities$15,843,024$11,084,066$9,242,479$9,148,598$10,993,360
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$12,432,071$19,438,457$11,619,274$8,826,552$11,093,652
Permanently restricted$36,652,138$34,949,245$32,692,421$30,028,985$27,609,635
Net assets$199,126,416$195,757,754$182,454,786$173,502,065$171,564,002
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$13,452,828$18,377,322$13,991,203$15,079,208$15,651,058
Program service revenue$117,394,743$115,993,799$111,242,382$107,587,698$104,433,657
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,672,351$2,343,968$2,866,527$2,005,460$1,822,739
Other revenue$92,720$488,323$122,577$203,998$209,203
Total other revenue$120,159,814$118,826,090$114,231,486$109,797,156$106,465,599
Total revenue$133,612,642$137,203,412$128,222,689$124,876,364$122,116,657
Program services$100,450,981$100,539,478$97,509,803$93,428,177$88,919,399
Management and general$25,530,740$24,497,468$24,035,197$24,128,167$23,995,054
Total expenses$127,216,932$126,270,645$122,601,621$118,865,428$114,191,703
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$6,395,710$10,932,767$5,621,068$6,010,936$7,924,954
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,395,710$10,932,767$5,621,068$6,010,936$7,924,954


Wright Adam CPresident$632,909
Cook Gary RChancellor$560,605
Heefner Daniel JHead Baseball Coach$381,709
Johnson Jeffrey PVP For Advancement$229,346
Ingram Jr Osmond CAsst Professor of Leadership$227,400
Murrah Matthew TVP For Financial Affairs$226,142
Hedin Norma SVP and Provost$217,254
Goodyear Jack TDean$216,393
Thomason Brent AAsst Professor of Biblical Studies$214,563
Lemons James CProfessor of Theological Studies$214,384
Dowd Dennis CSr Advisor To the President$208,687
Hines Cory DVP For Enrollment$201,750
Teat Jonathan SVP For Administrative Affa$181,569
Killingsworth V BlakeVP For Communications$159,861
Byers Randall DVP For Intl Affairs$156,476
Harley James RVP For Student Affairs$148,231
Purushotham SanjayPt Staff$56,879
Pedersen Herbert LAdjunct Instructor$23,655
Ammons Gregory LAdjunct Instructor$16,600
Harris Ronald LAdjunct Instructor$3,650

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 8/6/2020. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


DBU's forerunner, Decatur Baptist College, was founded in 1898 as the first junior college in Texas. For years, the school called the small town of Decatur home, producing outstanding young men and women who filled churches, classrooms, hospitals, and businesses around the nation. In 1965, the school relocated to the scenic foothills of southwest Dallas, becoming a four-year institution and eventually being renamed Dallas Baptist University when it began offering graduate-level degrees. Today, DBU has a variety of degrees on the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Well into our second century, DBU continues to press forward in our mission to produce servant leaders who will transform the world.

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