Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults.

MVNU's educational philosophy and purpose are shaped by its Wesleyan-Arminian holiness theological roots, informed by the Bible, focused on Christ-likeness in every aspect of life, and defined by an emphasis on loving God with all of one's heart, mind, soul, and strength, as well as one's neighbors as one's self. Students are nurtured and empowered through caring relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators; challenged to be a devoted disciple of Christ; drawn toward discovery of wisdom and truth in every discipline of study; prepared for leadership in various professions; equipped to be lifelong learners; and sent into the world to live out their faith by offering their hearts and lives in service to God and others.

The University is characterized by an engaging environment where diversity is celebrated and differences in ethnicity, denomination, gender, economic level, and stage of spiritual development are embraced. A spirit of worship unifies the academic, social, and spiritual life of the student body, and the community is shaped through shared commitments, values, and experiences that provide the context for transformation in Christ, individually and collectively. Excellence in vocational pursuits and in character development are viewed as an expression of faithful stewardship, and a lifestyle of compassion is demonstrated as the most effective witness to others of God's love. As students become graduates, the character of Mount Vernon Nazarene University continues to identify them as devoted disciples, servant leaders, learning professionals, and loyal alumni.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Rd
Mount Vernon, OH 43050


Phone: 740-392-6868

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 310725957

CEO/President: Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II

Chairman: D. Geoffrey Kunselman

Board size: 8

Founder: Church of the Nazarene and the local community

Ruling year: 1963

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


To Change the World with the Love of Christ.

The University's aspiration is that academic and student life activities be integrated in a Wesleyan evangelical tradition to facilitate character, value, and cultural development to improve the quality of life for all through the love of Jesus Christ. The University seeks to enable students to model the attitude expressed in its motto "To seek to learn is to seek to serve." As students experience the educational process, the University strives to enable students to function as competent Christians, citizens, and professionals.

Mission statement

Mount Vernon Nazarene University exists to shape lives through educating the whole person and cultivating Christ-likeness for lifelong learning and service.

Statement of faith

As an institution of the Church of the Nazarene, MVNU stands in the Wesleyan evangelical tradition, as summarized in the "Articles of Faith" in the Manual, Church of the Nazarene. According to this "Agreed Statement of Belief," we believe:

In one God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

That the Old and New Testament scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

That man is born with a fallen nature and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

That the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

That the atonement through Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

That believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

That the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth and also the entire sanctification of believers.

That our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating357 of 111240 of 130
Fund acquisition rating758 of 1113101 of 130
Resource allocation rating204 of 111317 of 130
Asset utilization rating384 of 111245 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,457,054$2,762,122$2,144,328$1,860,783$2,261,151
Short-term investments$25,142,160$29,285,753$21,637,876$20,298,641$19,809,436
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$42,187,661$47,726,575$39,484,739$36,290,180$36,423,615
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$59,910,009$60,490,483$60,620,072$59,127,085$59,732,159
Other long-term assets$743,406$930,943$1,206,570$1,541,912$1,821,004
Total long-term assets$60,653,415$61,421,426$61,826,642$60,668,997$61,553,163
Total assets$102,841,076$109,148,001$101,311,381$96,959,177$97,976,778
Payables and accrued expenses$2,882,180$2,621,578$2,394,661$1,633,815$3,245,268
Other current liabilities$1,678,532$1,611,887$2,559,485$1,674,942$2,246,265
Total current liabilities$4,560,712$4,233,465$4,954,146$3,308,757$5,491,533
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$655,808$930,580$1,233,205$1,957,052$1,970,782
Total long-term liabilities$8,102,506$8,563,429$12,826,320$10,051,397$10,460,663
Total liabilities$12,663,218$12,796,894$17,780,466$13,360,154$15,952,196
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$68,203,147$72,604,274$64,708,141$65,268,380$63,260,832
With donor restrictions$21,974,711$23,746,833$18,822,774$18,330,643$18,763,750
Net assets$90,177,858$96,351,107$83,530,915$83,599,023$82,024,582
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,192,463$12,094,323$4,991,653$3,247,607$5,669,167
Program service revenue$54,426,317$55,243,036$54,388,263$53,164,538$50,160,253
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,715,392$3,059,358$1,260,615$1,041,446$1,190,297
Other revenue$131,210($203,999)($38,225)($857)$4,150
Total other revenue$56,272,919$58,098,395$55,610,653$54,205,127$51,354,700
Total revenue$63,465,382$70,192,718$60,602,306$57,452,734$57,023,867
Program services$57,791,302$55,087,532$53,775,666$50,822,683$50,708,801
Management and general$5,608,198$5,027,691$4,671,330$4,121,463$4,306,601
Total expenses$64,716,074$61,289,266$59,542,938$56,021,425$55,849,314
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($1,250,692)$8,903,452$1,059,368$1,431,309$1,174,553
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,250,692)$8,903,452$1,059,368$1,431,309$1,174,553


Henry W SpauldingPresident, CEO$267,625
James W SmithVice President For University Relations$168,238
Scott L CampbellVice President For Finance, CFO$152,529
B Barnett CochranVice President For Academic Affairs, CAO$134,944
Carol DoroughDean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences$127,582
David B LutzMember, Board of Trustees$350
Robert J MahaffeyVice-Chair, Board of Trustees$70

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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Founded in 1968, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, in Mount Vernon, Ohio is a co-educational liberal arts university with an intentionally Christian foundation and mission.

From the very beginning, Mount Vernon Nazarene College has been alive with God-given possibility - this was a community who cared, loved, and served each other. With the help of the Church of the Nazarene and the local community, God's hand was evident from the early days as MVNC was created, designed, and shaped into existence by a people committed to God. It is into this place that God placed a vision on the hearts of our founding faculty and staff to transform an ordinary farm into an extraordinary community of believers. That calling is still heard today. We're still a part of this calling and this community - to "Shine Forth" in all we do.

Although there are Nazarenes in the student body at MVNU, there are over 40 other Christian denominations are represented on our campus. MVNU challenges students to live up to their greatest personal potential by offering a wide variety of academic programs and many opportunities for service in a student's university life.

MVNU encourages students to involve themselves in the local and international community by providing numerous opportunities for service and travel. With this distinctive global vision, the MVNU motto, "To Seek to Learn Is to Seek to Serve," continues to be fulfilled by all who walk the paths of those who have gone before us.

Mount Vernon Nazarene College Founding President Dr. Stephen W. Nease was instrumental in developing "Zone A Junior College" into Mount Vernon Nazarene College. Alongside founding faculty and staff, Nease paved the way for the initial fundraising to transform 800 Martinsburg Road from "a cornfield to a college." With Nease's official inauguration in 1969, the campus began to take shape with Founders Hall, Faculty Hall, Campus Center, student housing, the Multi-Purpose Building, and tennis courts. The Pioneer Class presented MVNC with the Eternal Flame as a gift in 1970.

Program accomplishments

MVNU is ranked in the Top 5% Best Colleges for the Money by College Factual for 2018, 2019 & 2020.

96% of MVNU graduates are employed or enrolled in advanced studies within one year of graduation.