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Liberty University, Inc. is a Christian academic community in the tradition of evangelical institutions of higher education, with the primary mission of providing quality collegiate education.
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Dr. Jerry Prevo
Chairman: Tim Lee
Board size: 30
Founder: Jerry Falwell
Ruling year: 1974
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 06/30
Member of ECFA: No
Member of ECFA since:
Liberty University will:
Emphasize excellence in teaching and learning.
Foster university-level competencies in communication, critical thinking, information literacy, and mathematics in all undergraduate programs.
Ensure competency in scholarship, research, and professional communication in all graduate programs and undergraduate programs where appropriate.
Promote the synthesis of academic knowledge and a Christian worldview in order that there might be a maturing of spiritual, intellectual, social and physical value-driven behavior.
Enable students to engage in a major field of study in career-focused disciplines built on a solid foundation in the liberal arts.
Promote an understanding of the Western tradition and the diverse elements of American cultural history, especially the importance of the individual in maintaining democratic and free market processes.
Contribute to a knowledge and understanding of other cultures and of international events.
Encourage a commitment to the Christian life, one of personal integrity, sensitivity to the needs of others, social responsibility and active communication of the Christian faith, and, as it is lived out, a life that leads people to Jesus Christ as the Lord of the universe and their own personal Savior.
Maintaining the vision of the founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty University develops Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.
Through its residential and online programs, services, facilities, and collaborations, the University educates men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.
Statement of faith
We affirm our belief in one God, infinite Spirit, creator, and sustainer of all things, who exists eternally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence but distinct in person and function.
We affirm that the Father is the first person of the Trinity and the source of all that God is and does. From Him the Son is eternally generated and from Them the Spirit eternally proceeds. He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, and the sovereign of history.
We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity. Eternally begotten from the Father, He is God. He was conceived by the virgin Mary through a miracle of the Holy Spirit. He lives forever as perfect God and perfect man: two distinct natures inseparably united in one person.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeding from the Father and the Son and equal in deity. He is the giver of all life, active in the creating and ordering of the universe; He is the agent of inspiration and the new birth; He restrains sin and Satan; and He indwells and sanctifies all believers.
We affirm that all things were created by God. Angels were created as ministering agents, though some, under the leadership of Satan, fell from their sinless state to become agents of evil. The universe was created in six historical days and is continuously sustained by God; thus it both reflects His glory and reveals His truth. Human beings were directly created, not evolved, in the very image of God, as either biologically male or female from the womb. As reasoning moral agents, they are responsible under God for understanding and governing themselves and the world.
We affirm that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, though written by men, was supernaturally inspired by God so that all its words are the written true revelation of God; it is therefore inerrant in the originals and authoritative in all matters. It is to be understood by all through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, its meaning determined by the historical, grammatical, and literary use of the author's language, comparing Scripture with Scripture.
We affirm that Adam, the first man, willfully disobeyed God, bringing sin and death into the world. As a result, all persons are sinners from conception, which is evidenced in their willful acts of sin; and they are therefore subject to eternal punishment, under the just condemnation of a holy God.
We affirm that Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice by the appointment of the Father. He fulfilled the demands of God by His obedient life, died on the cross in full substitution and payment for the sins of all people, was buried, and on the third day He arose physically and bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for all believers.
We affirm that each person can be saved only through the work of Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of heaven.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit indwells all who are born again, conforming them to the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is a process completed only in Heaven. Every believer is responsible to live in obedience to the Word of God in separation from sin. Doing so produces a distinctly Christian lifestyle of practicing virtues and avoiding sin. Among other virtues, followers of Jesus Christ will: show evidence of the Holy Spirit living within them such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and supremely, love; seek righteousness, mercy and justice, particularly for the helpless and oppressed; love and side with what is good in God's eyes and abhor what is evil in God's eyes; uphold the God-given worth of all human beings, from conception to death, as the unique image-bearers of God; treat all people impartially, seeing them as equals before God and worthy of salvation; pursue unity and embrace people of all tribes and tongues as part of God's design for humanity; uphold chastity among the unmarried and the sanctity of marriage between one natural-born man and one natural-born woman; be people of integrity whose word can be fully trusted; give faithful witness to the Gospel; practice good works toward all; and live lives of prayer and thanksgiving. Sinful acts are prohibited by God and include but are not limited to: worship of idols or gods other than the Lord God of the Bible; denying Jesus Christ as eternal, as God's son in flesh, as resurrected, as Creator, as Lord or as Messiah who died for the sins of all people; rejection of Jesus Christ or rebellion against God; blasphemy; participation in devil worship, practice of the occult, astrology, fortune-telling, sorcery, or witchcraft; taking of innocent life; denial of birth sex by self-identification with a different gender; married persons sexually or romantically coupling with a person other than their spouse; sexual relations outside of marriage between one natural-born man and one natural-born woman; romantic coupling among persons of the same sex; prostitution; orgies; rape; drunkenness; use of profanity and vulgarity; injustice; making false statements; dishonest sales and exchanges of money; thievery; fits of rage; and illegal activity.
We affirm that God ordained three institutions with unique purposes in society: marriage, government and the church. God established marriage as a covenantal bond between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman to populate the earth, to raise and spiritually train children within a family, to provide the couple with intimate companionship, loving help and joy, and to serve as an illustration of the relationship of Jesus Christ to the church. God established civil government to protect its citizens, punish evil and reward good. God established the church as the entire body of believers with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone and the apostles as its foundation to evangelize, baptize and disciple people of all nations.
We affirm that a church is a local assembly of baptized believers, under the discipline of the Word of God and the lordship of Christ, organized to carry out the commission to evangelize, to teach, and to administer the ordinances of believer's baptism and the Lord's table. Its offices are pastors and deacons, and it is self-governing. It functions through the ministry of gifts given by the Holy Spirit to each believer.
We affirm that the return of Christ for all believers is imminent. It will be followed by seven years of great tribulation, and then the coming of Christ to establish His earthly kingdom for a thousand years. The unsaved will then be raised and judged according to their works and separated forever from God in hell. The saved, having been raised, will live forever in heaven in fellowship with God.
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||4/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||No||0/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||No||0/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||No||0/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||15/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is more than $1-m) available on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||No||0/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||No||0/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||4/4|
|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||4/4|
|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?||No||0/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||No||0/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||4/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||No||0/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||No||0/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||4/4|
|Total donor confidence score||47/100|
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Financial efficiency ratings
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|Overall efficiency rating||495 of 1074||63 of 130|
|Fund acquisition rating||423 of 1075||45 of 130|
|Resource allocation rating||299 of 1075||29 of 130|
|Asset utilization rating||824 of 1074||113 of 130|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$50,662,550||$48,758,903||$81,729,521||$55,731,753||$115,989,911|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$1,316,186,974||$1,006,703,767||$1,130,057,892||$730,946,821||$680,082,880|
|Other long-term assets||$14,595,838||$22,650,108||$24,494,530||$24,665,636||$5,182,657|
|Total long-term assets||$2,614,844,000||$2,360,790,585||$1,997,323,532||$2,081,992,085||$1,891,476,807|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$84,372,367||$88,680,388||$68,688,052||$71,082,091||$70,103,244|
|Other current liabilities||$160,581,155||$141,750,772||$127,695,672||$126,407,226||$156,970,249|
|Total current liabilities||$244,953,522||$230,431,160||$196,383,724||$197,489,317||$227,073,493|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$30,144,590||$29,753,358||$31,760,591||$29,905,036||$32,706,878|
|Total long-term liabilities||$225,138,600||$227,343,297||$234,297,032||$234,957,871||$240,476,352|
|Without donor restrictions||$3,429,256,394||$2,886,771,669||$2,672,903,339||$2,359,931,414||$2,087,057,966|
|With donor restrictions||$31,682,457||$22,948,226||$23,797,329||$20,560,304||$16,951,876|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$1,407,719,569||$1,309,847,537||$1,229,034,114||$1,082,668,020||$1,037,526,114|
|Total other revenue||$1,471,501,053||$1,327,213,329||$1,265,254,181||$1,130,405,727||$1,097,346,383|
|Management and general||$121,304,718||$121,720,343||$129,919,330||$116,107,683||$112,679,894|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$350,274,218||$249,915,592||$288,479,306||$252,794,766||$234,028,086|
|Mr Jerry Falwell||Chancellor/President||$2,202,231|
|Mr Hugh Freeze||Head Coach-Football||$1,138,306|
|Mr Ritchie McKay||Head Coach-Men's Basketball||$1,121,422|
|Mr Ian McCaw||Director of Athletics||$684,209|
|Mr Ronald Kennedy||EVP of Enrollment & Marketing||$578,805|
|Mr Turner Gill||Former Highly Compensated||$573,682|
|Dr Peter Bell||Dean, LU College of Osteopathi||$474,539|
|Mr David Nasser||SR VP of Spiritual Development||$422,737|
|Mr John Gauger||Chief Information Officer||$369,792|
|Dr Robert Ritz||CFO/Treasurer||$365,474|
|Mr Scott Symons||Linebacker Coach||$362,783|
|Mr Richard Austin||Tightend Coach||$353,862|
|Mr Randall Smith||EVP & COO/Management Consultan||$338,912|
|Ms Laura Wallace||EVP for Human Resources||$324,267|
|Mr David Corry||General Counsel/Secretary||$320,913|
|Mr Don Moon||SR VP of Investment Management||$275,642|
|Dr Scott Hicks||Provost and Chief Academic Off||$261,338|
|Mr Charles Spence||SR VP of Facilities Management||$255,219|
|Dr Ronald Hawkins||Former Officer||$232,000|
|Dr Shawn Akers||Online Provost||$230,891|
|Mr Dan Applewhite||Deputy General Counsel/Assista||$226,773|
|Mr Trey Falwell||VP of University Operations||$216,433|
|Dr Lawrence Hine||Senior VP of Student Affairs||$203,235|
|Mr Christian Kennedy||Former Officer||$201,700|
|Mr Chris Johnson||Former Key Employee||$127,586|
|Pastor Jonathan Falwell||Trustee/Vice Chancellor of Spi||$54,209|
|Mr Anthony Beckles||Trustee/Online chair||$29,066|
|Dr John Borek Jr||Trustee & Adjunct Professor||$16,400|
|Dr Allen McFarland||Trustee & Adjunct Professor||$5,300|
Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020
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Standing on the shoulders of more than two millennia of Christian scholarship, Liberty University emphasizes the pursuit of knowledge in every discipline. A world-class liberal arts university with 15 schools and colleges, Liberty offers more than 750 programs from the certificate to the doctoral level ranging from medicine, biology, chemistry, and engineering to design, music, religion, law, and more.
Founded in 1971 in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty has grown from a small college of 154 students into a university with a residential student body of over 15,000. Preparing students to be doctors, educators, ministers, lawyers, aviators, counselors, engineers, and more, Liberty is committed to developing tomorrow's leaders - men and women of character whose impact will extend beyond their professions to change the world around them.
Through those founding years, students and faculty were inspired to influence the moral and ethical course of America. Subsequently, the school's name officially changed to Liberty Baptist College in 1976 and the colors were changed to red, white, and blue. The college achieved full accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1980.
By 1985, the school had become recognized as a fully accredited university, adding programs and garnering recognition from both mainstream culture and the world of academia. Liberty also pioneered a distance learning program that year, launching what is now known as Liberty University Online.
With the passing of the founder in 2007, his son, Jerry Falwell Jr., became chancellor and president of the university. At the 2007 Commencement ceremony, just days after his father's passing, then Cancellor Falwell proclaimed, "We have prepared for this transition for 15 years or more. All is well at Liberty."
Liberty's journey has been one of facing giants, making the impossible possible, watching fervent prayer move mountains, and Training Champions for Christ.