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Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings.
251 N. Main St
Cedarville, OH 45314
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Thomas White
Board size: 27
Founder: five godly men
Ruling year: 1941
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 06/30
Member of ECFA: No
Member of ECFA since:
Cedarville University is equipping Christian undergraduate, graduate, and online students for godly service and vocational distinction.
Cedarville University is a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.
Statement of faith
The University emphasizes faithfulness to a biblical-theological position in regard to doctrine. Each faculty member and employee (full-time and part-time) is required to sign initially, and annually thereafter, the following Doctrinal Statement as a condition of employment. The members of the Board of Trustees confirm their commitment to the University's theological foundation by signing the statement annually also.
We believe that God has revealed Himself truthfully to humans through the inspired texts of the Scriptures. These canonical texts, Old and New Testaments, are inerrant, infallible, and reliable in detail and in theological content. The Bible, as the sufficient Word of God, has authority over the church and the Christian's life and thought. As divinely inspired texts, the meaning of the biblical authors is to be discerned through careful, textual interpretation guided by the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
We believe in one God-eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and always present, existing as three Persons- Father, Son, and Spirit, one in nature, attributes, power, and glory. God will be glorified by all creation and is worthy of worship from all humans. Genesis 1:1,26; Psalm 104, 148; Proverbs 30:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4, 14, 18; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 2:3-4.
We believe that the Son, eternally begotten by the Father, through the Spirit was also born of the virgin, Mary. Therefore, Jesus, the Son, is both fully God and fully human. As the Word made flesh, the Son is the perfect mediator between God and humanity. Proverbs 8:22-31; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:14-18, 5:16-29; Philippians 2:6-11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 1:1-14.
We believe that the Scriptures provide a literal and historical account of God's creation of all things. The climax of the six days of creation was the special, immediate and personal creation of human life. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were directly created, not evolved from previous life forms. God created humans, male and female, in His image. Human life, sexual identity and roles are aspects of God's creative design. From creation, marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman that should be marked by sexual purity, by sacrificial male leadership, and by recognizing the divine blessing of children, including preborn children. Adam and Eve, though created in perfection, sinned, warranting physical death, spiritual death, and eternal separation from God. Consequently, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are sinners in thought, word, and deed. Genesis 1:1-27; 2:7-25; 3:1-24; Psalm 127:3-5; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-19; 5:12-19; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the representative and substitutionary sacrifice and rose again for our justification. Only those who repent and believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and are saved by grace through faith wholly apart from human merit and works. Genuine believers, the elect, are the adopted children of God and are eternally secure through the work of God. John 1:12,13; 3:3-16; 5:24; 10:28,29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Romans 3:21-28; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2:8-10; Philippians 1:6; Titus 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:4-11.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal in nature with God the Father and God the Son. The Spirit had an active role in creation and in the inspiration of the Scriptures. He convicts sinners, guides humans into truth and regenerates believers to new life, baptizes them in Christ and serves as their assurance to eternal life. Believers mature in their faith through the work of the Spirit, who produces His fruit in them. The gifts of the Spirit are for ministry to the body of Christ and the "sign gifts" are not intended to be a pattern for today. Psalm 139:7-12; John 14:16,17; 16:13,14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:8-10, 28-30; 14:1-40; Galatians 5:22-23; Hebrews 2:3-4.
We believe that the local church is a gathered congregation of believers, associated by covenant, practicing self-governance, and observing the ordinances of believer's baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper. The church is to be committed to the authority of the Word of God in matters of doctrine and practice. God calls certain men to be pastors, providing spiritual leadership for the church. Deacons, likewise, minister to the church body through specific acts of service. We believe that the universal church consists of all who have saving faith in Christ. As the body of Christ, the church is to fulfill His mission of making disciples throughout the world. Matthew 18:15-17; 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 12:12-28; 7:17; 11:16; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:14,15; 4:11-16; 5:23-32; 1 Timothy 2:12; 3:1-15.
We believe that every believer should walk by the Spirit and engage in practices that stimulate spiritual maturity. Christians grow as they worship and serve the Lord, study the Scriptures, pray, and live in fellowship with other believers. Christians are also to flee evil influences and practices, which hinder a Spirit-filled life. Due to the commission of Christ and the urgency of the gospel, all believers are to engage in gospel conversations, to live God-honoring lives, and to work continuously to spread the gospel to their neighbors and the nations. Matthew 5:16; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 6:1-14; 12:1; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 6:14-7:1; Galatians 5:16-25; Colossians 3:1-17; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17.
We believe in the literal, bodily resurrection of the crucified Lord, His ascension into heaven, His present life there as our high priest and advocate, and His rapture of the church before the tribulation. He will return bodily and visibly to the earth at the end of the tribulation to establish His millennial kingdom, and to reign as the supreme Lord over all nations. Luke 24:36-43; John 14:1-6; 20:24-29; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11; Revelation 1:4-7; 19:11-16; 20:6.
We believe in the bodily resurrection and judgment of all the dead. Those people who are in Christ will be saved to a life of eternal glory with God. Unbelievers will suffer judgment and eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Matthew 10:28; 18:8,9; 25:41,46; Mark 9:43-49; John 5:28,29; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 20:6,11-15; 21:1-8.
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||8/8|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||No||0/8|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||20/20|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is more than $1-m) available on its website?||Yes||3/3|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||No||0/15|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||3/3|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||3/3|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||3/3|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||3/3|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||3/3|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||3/3|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||No||0/3|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 3 stars?||Yes||10/10|
|Total donor confidence score||74/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||289 of 1097||34 of 130|
|Fund acquisition rating||628 of 1099||82 of 130|
|Resource allocation rating||194 of 1099||20 of 130|
|Asset utilization rating||382 of 1097||53 of 130|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$4,577,014||$5,200,900||$6,043,166||$3,690,824||$4,356,609|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$140,838,791||$122,888,013||$88,972,230||$92,842,844||$74,595,712|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term assets||$144,760,059||$134,827,761||$135,293,117||$112,101,710||$114,198,502|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$9,223,226||$8,412,929||$8,174,121||$6,450,037||$5,992,961|
|Other current liabilities||$2,279,435||$2,192,651||$4,208,416||$1,792,946||$1,770,855|
|Total current liabilities||$11,502,661||$10,605,580||$12,382,537||$8,242,983||$7,763,816|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$5,077,572||$5,472,542||$5,711,703||$5,855,792||$6,157,097|
|Total long-term liabilities||$15,077,572||$5,472,542||$8,922,935||$11,118,880||$13,424,225|
|Without donor restrictions||$183,480,834||$172,984,249||$152,224,613||$141,343,881||$128,607,604|
|With donor restrictions||$75,537,783||$68,653,403||$50,735,262||$44,238,810||$38,998,569|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$165,666,020||$158,497,706||$141,612,744||$137,489,840||$124,231,658|
|Total other revenue||$168,302,101||$161,297,971||$144,215,987||$140,415,066||$129,963,612|
|Management and general||$14,191,003||$12,195,918||$11,307,328||$11,537,269||$10,782,530|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$26,192,831||$30,237,848||$18,970,916||$17,796,705||$12,707,394|
|Thomas Mach||VP Academics||$238,728|
|Christopher Sohn||VP of Business CFO||$229,721|
|Scott van Loo||VP Enrollment Mgmt||$221,925|
|Jeffery Bates||Prof of Pharm Science||$201,513|
|Jason Grahame||Director of Pa Program||$195,690|
|Janice Supplee||VP Marketing||$192,216|
|Justin Cole||Prof of Pharm Science||$174,565|
|Jonathan Wood||VP Student Life||$174,275|
|Rodney Johnson||Avp of Operations||$166,297|
|Richard Melson||VP Advancement (left 08/2021)||$160,759|
|Aleda Chen||Professor of Pharmacy Science||$159,222|
|William Smallwood||VP Advancement (start 08/2021)||$122,344|
|Mr Daniel Petek||Trustee - Vice Chairman||$51,628|
|Dr Corey Abney||Trustee||$33,182|
|Mr Timothy Knight||Trustee - Treasurer||$25,269|
|Dr Dominic McKinley||Trustee||$21,769|
|Mr David Dykema||Trustee- Secretary||$18,769|
|Dr Jason Duesing||Trustee||$3,802|
|Rev Brian White||Trustee||$3,087|
|Dr Don Lough||Trustee||$1,769|
Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022
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Cedarville College was established in 1887 by five godly men who envisioned a college that would provide Christian higher education. Affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, the College built its first building, Old Main (now called Founders Hall), in 1895.
The turbulence of the first 50 years of the 20th century led to hard times for the College. By the end of World War II, the Board of Trustees realized that enrollment could not support expenses, but, as God would ordain it, the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio, was seeking to expand. That institution's Board of Trustees became convinced Cedarville was the place God had chosen.
By mutual agreement of both trustee boards, ownership of the College transferred in 1953, and Cedarville became a Baptist college of arts and sciences. Dr. James T. Jeremiah was called as president.
By 1959, Cedarville's enrollment had grown to 255. Six years later, the student body nearly tripled to 763. By the end of Jeremiah's 25-year tenure as president in 1978, enrollment had grown to more than 1,200 students. That same year, Dr. Paul Dixon was called to lead Cedarville.
In 2002, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to change from Cedarville College to Cedarville University. This move better communicated Cedarville's expanded academic offerings, graduate studies, institutional organization, and increased national and international presence.
By the end of Dixon's 25-year tenure as president in 2003, the student body had grown to more than 3,000 students. Under his leadership, Cedarville added nursing and engineering majors and constructed the Dixon Ministry Center and the Stevens Student Center.
In 2003, Dr. Bill Brown became the next president of Cedarville University. Under Brown's leadership, Cedarville built the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies and Health Sciences Center and launched four new graduate programs.
In 2013, Dr. Thomas White became the 10th president of Cedarville University. Under his leadership, the University embarked on an extensive renovation of the Jeremiah Chapel, built new science laboratories, established two additional graduate programs, and founded the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity.