Campbell University

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Campbell University is a university of the liberal arts, sciences, and professions that is committed to helping students develop an integrated Christian personality characterized by a wholeness of body, mind and spirit.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Campbell University
143 Main Street
Buies Creek, NC 27506


Phone: (800) 334-4111

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 560529940

CEO/President: J. Bradley Creed

Chairman: James Eugene (Gene) Lewis III

Board size: 45

Founder: James Archibald Campbell

Ruling year: 1939

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Fueled by a higher calling, we provide a transformational learning experience that prepares students for servant leadership and equips them with skills and habits to make a difference in the lives of others.

Mission statement

The mission of Campbell University is to graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful service. The University is informed and inspired by its Baptist heritage and three basic theological and biblical presuppositions: learning is appointed and conserved by God as essential to the fulfillment of human destiny; in Christ all things consist and find ultimate unity; and the Kingdom of God in this world is rooted and grounded in Christian community. The University embraces the conviction that there is no conflict between the life of faith and the life of inquiry.

Statement of faith

The University is informed and inspired by its Baptist heritage and three basic theological and biblical presuppositions: learning is appointed and conserved by God as essential to the fulfillment of human destiny; in Christ all things consist and find ultimate unity; and the Kingdom of God in this world is rooted and grounded in Christian community. The University embraces the conviction that there is no conflict between the life of faith and the life of inquiry.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating386 of 111260 of 130
Fund acquisition rating646 of 111388 of 130
Resource allocation rating96 of 11135 of 130
Asset utilization rating660 of 111291 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$10,319,589$9,711,275$16,946,650$18,044,255$19,603,284
Short-term investments$256,227,022$237,213,535$259,337,764$193,528,791$177,013,339
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$301,221,753$308,565,111$331,835,151$257,047,631$229,597,464
Long-term investments$16,106$16,106$568,674$568,674$562,574
Fixed assets$316,443,344$324,269,310$335,958,762$343,462,390$326,736,946
Other long-term assets$17,723,378$17,227,599$10,379,849$11,826,275$11,709,555
Total long-term assets$334,182,828$341,513,015$346,907,285$355,857,339$339,009,075
Total assets$635,404,581$650,078,126$678,742,436$612,904,970$568,606,539
Payables and accrued expenses$11,005,702$10,856,603$8,006,865$7,312,057$11,248,067
Other current liabilities$6,201,065$5,683,387$7,171,992$8,180,187$6,680,258
Total current liabilities$17,206,767$16,539,990$15,178,857$15,492,244$17,928,325
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$71,292,583$76,277,512$84,057,946$25,269,791$24,264,413
Total long-term liabilities$140,009,882$153,829,894$165,519,487$175,843,827$150,532,898
Total liabilities$157,216,649$170,369,884$180,698,344$191,336,071$168,461,223
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$265,749,296$266,510,771$258,569,625$231,912,182$218,037,761
With donor restrictions$212,438,636$213,197,471$239,474,467$189,656,717$182,107,555
Net assets$478,187,932$479,708,242$498,044,092$421,568,899$400,145,316
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,663,329$20,201,207$27,410,206$42,106,668$25,171,619
Program service revenue$206,275,814$209,536,461$215,269,960$208,995,860$209,383,141
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,609,317$25,372,273$18,576,882$5,779,165$11,854,837
Other revenue$2,689,452$4,175,402$2,520,418$4,579,624$3,625,895
Total other revenue$212,574,583$239,084,136$236,367,260$219,354,649$224,863,873
Total revenue$229,237,912$259,285,343$263,777,466$261,461,317$250,035,492
Program services$212,082,255$213,203,980$210,658,745$225,071,608$221,866,952
Management and general$13,880,778$15,836,162$18,026,611$13,500,444$16,537,071
Total expenses$228,662,240$231,274,276$231,224,351$241,570,163$242,156,080
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$575,672$28,011,067$32,553,115$19,891,154$7,879,412
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$575,672$28,011,067$32,553,115$19,891,154$7,879,412


J Bradley CreedPresident$479,583
Brian KesslerDean, Cusom$450,852
J Rich LeonardDean, School of Law$334,293
James PowersAssoc. Dean Clinical Integ.$310,281
David TolentinoAssoc. Dean Clinic Affairs$301,469
Nicholas PenningsChair, Family Medicine$298,017
David MeeVP For Enrollment Mgt$296,115
Sandra ConnollyVP For Business & CFO$271,119
Mark HammondVP Academic Affairs/Provost$256,247
John RobersonExecutive Vp, Board Secretary$232,174
Britt DavisVP Institutional Advancement$212,787
Sherri Yerk-ZwicklVP For Info Tech. & CIO$187,600
Faithe BeamVP Spiritual Life & Campus Min$156,776
Julie ByrdController, Board Treasurer$149,358
Dennis BazemoreVP For Student Life$147,617

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2023

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On Jan. 5, 1887, James Archibald Campbell, a 26-year-old Baptist minister, welcomed 16 students to a small church in Buies Creek, N.C., for the first day of classes for the school he founded: Buies Creek Academy. By the end of the first term, there were 92 students.

Since then, Buies Creek Academy has evolved to become Campbell Junior College (1926), Campbell College (1961), and Campbell University (1979). Throughout these transformations, the university has remained true to its founding principles to address the most pressing needs of North Carolina and to educate men and women for Christian service around the world.

1887 - Opened as Buies Creek Academy when there were no other schools in the area

1967 - Started the first trust and wealth management program in the U.S

1976 - Opened the first law school in North Carolina in 35 years

1986 - Opened the first pharmacy school in the U.S. in 40 years

2013 - Started North Carolina's first bachelor's degree in homeland security

2013 - Opened the first medical school in North Carolina in 35 years

Program accomplishments

Ranked "A Best in the Southeast" college by Princeton Review, and among Best Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report