Messiah University

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Summary

Messiah University is an educational community profoundly committed to worshipping, loving and serving God. The University's motto, "Christ Preeminent," points to our community's full, rich shared understanding of Jesus Christ and how the Christian faith is relevant to every dimension of life. At Messiah we're committed to personal faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and to pursuing the exemplary nature of Christ's life as a model for our own lives. This common Christian conviction shapes every aspect of students' experiences in the Messiah community.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Messiah University
1 University Ave Ste 3010
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Website: messiah.edu

Phone: 717-796-1800

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 231352661

CEO/President: Kim S Phipps, PhD

Chairman: Dr. Craig E. Sider

Board size: 28

Founder: S.R. Smith

Ruling year: 1945

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church.


Mission statement

The mission of Messiah College is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.

The opening commitment of our mission statementto develop students' "maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith"reflects the integration of our community's shared faith into every aspect of the Messiah University experience. This holistic educational model was the bold vision of our founder S. R. Smith more than 100 years ago and remains a cornerstone of our identity.

The other core components of Messiah's mission-service, leadership and reconciliation-are also firmly rooted in the context of our Christian faith. We don't just serve because it's the "right thing to do"; we serve because God calls us to open our hearts to the poor and needy and to work for justice wherever injustice prevails. We learn to lead believing that Jesus is our ultimate example of leading with compassion, respect and love. And, because of our faith, we are compelled to build bridges of understanding and peace to demonstrate the reconciling love of God to others.


Statement of faith

Messiah University affirms the historic Apostle's Creed as its central statement of faith. In addition, Messiah asks that all community members support the Confession of Faith which expresses the faith orientation of the College in a nonsectarian manner that highlights the specific emphases of the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian faith. It is included frequently in campus worship University educators are expected to support the University Confession of Faith and affirm the Apostles' Creed.

Confession of Faith

We believe in the triune God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit-who created and sustains the universe, and who desires to redeem us and all creation.

God creates each of us in the very image of God to live in loving relationships: free, responsible and accountable to God and each other for our decisions and our actions.

God speaks to us in many different ways, times and places but is uniquely revealed to all the world in Jesus of Nazareth who was fully human and fully divine.

God forgives our sins, renews our hearts and minds, and calls us to join in the work of reconciliation by grace through faith in the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

God bestows on us the Holy Spirit who leads us to repentance, instructs us in righteousness and empowers us to live joyfully as disciples of Christ, as servants of others and as caretakers of the created order.

God calls us to unite in the Church as a visible community of believers which celebrates God's grace in its worship and bears witness to the truth of the Gospel through its being, doing and speaking.

God gives us the Bible as the inspired, trustworthy and authoritative Scripture to reveal God's ways and purposes, to nourish our minds and souls and to instruct us in how we ought to think and to live.

God instructs us to pursue the kingdom of peace, righteousness and justice which ultimately will prevail with the return of Christ and assures us that those judged faithful will share resurrected life with God and all the saints forever.

We praise the one God-our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer-who has called us to personal faith and new life in Christ and to so order our lives that they may demonstrate the truth of our confession.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating544 of 103366 of 117
Fund acquisition rating697 of 103587 of 117
Resource allocation rating313 of 103525 of 117
Asset utilization rating596 of 103367 of 117

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
13%31%15%31%22%30%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
2%1%1%1%1%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
14%5%9%4%6%6%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
2%1%1%1%1%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
86%95%91%96%94%94%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%88%88%88%88%88%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
96%102%95%96%100%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%90%84%85%88%89%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
4%-2%5%4%0%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-1%3%2%0%0%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%10%10%10%11%10%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.500.440.420.420.400.41
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
2.712.372.282.202.472.10
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.601.040.960.911.000.87
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.3813.2210.4810.719.3512.97
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.160.080.100.090.110.08
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.9710.6311.3111.9110.7512.73
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
26%26%27%26%28%21%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
16%20%20%20%20%14%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
140%168%174%178%179%190%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$5,616,513$7,285,877$12,660,903$10,463,456$13,209,707
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$12,168,547$11,673,868$6,389,519$8,264,739$8,537,729
Short-term investments$121,719,059$130,319,921$130,888,795$114,422,506$126,017,423
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$139,504,119$149,279,666$149,939,217$133,150,701$147,764,859
Long-term investments$28,897,518$25,002,492$15,793,633$29,633,206$20,666,411
Fixed assets$151,263,698$156,356,433$157,577,323$145,320,181$134,980,680
Other long-term assets$11,095,059$9,298,328$6,780,151$21,083,694$7,377,157
Total long-term assets$191,256,275$190,657,253$180,151,107$196,037,081$163,024,248
Total assets$330,760,394$339,936,919$330,090,324$329,187,782$310,789,107
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$8,894,747$11,246,159$11,099,948$11,397,725$8,669,277
Other current liabilities$1,655,388$2,994,768$2,899,118$2,838,864$2,721,569
Total current liabilities$10,550,135$14,240,927$13,999,066$14,236,589$11,390,846
Debt$66,956,641$68,743,571$64,871,598$66,915,535$43,372,327
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$8,302,252$7,225,498$7,501,706$9,950,384$11,734,424
Total long-term liabilities$75,258,893$75,969,069$72,373,304$76,865,919$55,106,751
Total liabilities$85,809,028$90,209,996$86,372,370$91,102,508$66,497,597
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$185,543,635$192,294,110$193,954,585$189,870,463$196,812,240
With donor restrictions$59,407,731$57,432,813$49,763,369$48,214,811$47,479,270
Net assets$244,951,366$249,726,923$243,717,954$238,085,274$244,291,510
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$6,562,057$13,625,733$6,398,511$8,428,745$7,509,276
Program service revenue$126,811,463$123,543,081$119,381,260$117,842,591$114,798,168
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$7,870,699$12,853,236$16,351,621$5,831,309$5,169,768
Other revenue$1,078,517$914,548$948,322$547,413$631,688
Total other revenue$135,760,679$137,310,865$136,681,203$124,221,313$120,599,624
Total revenue$142,322,736$150,936,598$143,079,714$132,650,058$128,108,900
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$128,582,447$126,214,743$120,965,009$116,525,502$113,605,664
Management and general$14,901,450$15,019,988$14,098,139$14,356,510$12,740,748
Fundraising$2,037,966$2,030,804$1,961,575$1,862,327$2,231,089
Total expenses$145,521,863$143,265,535$137,024,723$132,744,339$128,577,501
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($3,199,127)$7,671,063$6,054,991($94,281)($468,601)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($3,199,127)$7,671,063$6,054,991($94,281)($468,601)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Kim S PhippsPresident$433,710
David S WalkerVP for Finance and Planning, Assistant Treasurer$266,095
Randall G BasingerProvost$221,839
Barry G GoodlingVP for Advancement, Assistant Secretary$217,644
John ChopkaVice President for Enrollment Management$216,676
D Kelly PhippsSen. Adv. to VP of Advmt, Pres & CEO Rider Musser Dev LLC (Listed avg. rep. est. %)$199,189
Kristin M Hansen-KiefferVice Provost/Dean of Students$199,152
Amanda CoffeyVice President for HR and Compliance$182,250
Valerie OlsonDirector of the Physical Therapy Program$181,697

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019


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History

Messiah University received its charter in 1909. Founded by the Brethren in Christ Church, its orientation to Christian service is reflected in its first name-Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. Originally located in Harrisburg, the school was moved to Grantham in 1911 following the construction of Old Main. This building is on land donated by the College's first president, Samuel Rogers Smith, whose house and various business interests were in the village of Grantham.

In the early years, the school offered a high school curriculum and several Bible programs. By 1921 it had also become a junior college, making it the second junior college in Pennsylvania. To reflect this development, the school's name was changed to Messiah Bible School. By the early 1950s the school had developed four-year college programs in religious education and theology. Another change of name-to Messiah College-again intentionally reflected this academic advance of the College. During the 1950s, the College added degree programs in the liberal arts and in 1959 discontinued the secondary school program. Following accreditation in 1963, the College significantly increased the number of majors offered in the liberal arts and introduced undergraduate programs in professional studies. Messiah College now offers more than 85 academic majors.

A growing campus

Growth in the student body and in facilities accompanied the growth in the academic program. Contributing to the increase in numbers of students was the College's policy, declared in its earliest official statements, of welcoming non-Brethren in Christ people as members of the student body. From a first-year total of 12 students, the student body has grown to nearly 2,800 undergraduate students, representing more than 60 denominations. Facilities have also increased from one building-Old Main-to a campus of 471 acres, offering students a breadth of well equipped, high-quality academic, cocurricular, and residential facilities.

Other significant developments have occurred within the last 30 years. In 1965, Upland College, a Brethren in Christ school in California, merged with Messiah College. Three years later, Messiah College opened its Philadelphia Campus in collaboration with Temple University, the first cooperative arrangement in the United States between a church-related college and a nonsectarian university. In 1983, the College became the senior educational partner with Daystar Institute (now Daystar University) in Nairobi, Kenya. Messiah College played a leading role in the founding of the Christian College Consortium in 1971, and later, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. In 1972 the legal ties between the College and the Brethren in Christ Church were replaced with a covenant relationship in which legal ownership of the College was placed with a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees.

Messiah's presidents

Two presidents held notably lengthy terms of office. C.N. Hostetter Jr. (president from 1934 to 1960) directed the College through the difficult years of the Depression, and guided its academic life into becoming a four-year liberal arts college. D. Ray Hostetter presided for thirty years (1964-1994) over an expansion that occurred on virtually every level of Messiah College's life.

Under the leadership of its seventh president, Rodney J. Sawatsky, the College furthered its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement and rearticulated its mission and identity statement as follows:

Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in Church and society.

In December 2004, the College celebrated the appointment of its eighth president, Kim S. Phipps. With the changes and developments of the past 100 years, various elements in the history of Messiah College have remained constant-an emphasis on education for service, acceptance of students and faculty from a diversity of backgrounds, a commitment to excellence, and an endeavor to make Christ preeminent.


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