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: Benjamin N. Thompson

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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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating244 of 107615 of 130
Fund acquisition rating329 of 107732 of 130
Resource allocation rating101 of 10774 of 130
Asset utilization rating670 of 107683 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$18,044,255$19,603,284$18,798,469$21,100,694$21,330,751
Short-term investments$193,528,791$177,013,339$204,007,641$194,732,854$176,143,539
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$257,047,631$229,597,464$238,454,780$239,676,011$242,789,666
Long-term investments$568,674$562,574$562,574$568,674$568,674
Fixed assets$343,462,390$326,736,946$299,068,735$292,651,267$269,156,352
Other long-term assets$11,826,275$11,709,555$8,158,817$8,452,711$8,698,938
Total long-term assets$355,857,339$339,009,075$307,790,126$301,672,652$278,423,964
Total assets$612,904,970$568,606,539$546,244,906$541,348,663$521,213,630
Payables and accrued expenses$7,312,057$11,248,067$9,702,607$10,548,688$9,207,355
Other current liabilities$8,180,187$6,680,258$6,006,305$5,670,785$4,647,745
Total current liabilities$15,492,244$17,928,325$15,708,912$16,219,473$13,855,100
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$25,269,791$24,264,413$19,718,841$24,930,984$26,599,466
Total long-term liabilities$175,843,827$150,532,898$126,032,608$127,328,448$126,244,079
Total liabilities$191,336,071$168,461,223$141,741,520$143,547,921$140,099,179
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$231,912,182$218,037,761$209,293,681$214,681,196$207,705,390
With donor restrictions$189,656,717$182,107,555$195,209,705$183,119,546$173,409,061
Net assets$421,568,899$400,145,316$404,503,386$397,800,742$381,114,451
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$42,106,668$25,171,619$18,461,371$18,103,232$21,009,963
Program service revenue$208,995,860$209,383,141$208,763,460$204,492,125$190,808,225
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,779,165$11,854,837$11,833,650$17,587,379($57,344)
Other revenue$4,579,624$3,625,895$2,481,698$2,991,620$2,905,432
Total other revenue$219,354,649$224,863,873$223,078,808$225,071,124$193,656,313
Total revenue$261,461,317$250,035,492$241,540,179$243,174,356$214,666,276
Program services$225,071,608$221,866,952$226,965,657$215,126,781$196,029,628
Management and general$13,500,444$16,537,071$11,916,018$12,042,891$10,526,635
Total expenses$241,570,163$242,156,080$242,836,287$231,314,139$209,558,382
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$19,891,154$7,879,412($1,296,108)$11,860,217$5,107,894
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$19,891,154$7,879,412($1,296,108)$11,860,217$5,107,894


John KauffmanFaculty, Cusom$620,302
J Bradley CreedPresident$472,877
Kevin C McGeehanCoach, Men's Basketball$391,315
James PowersInterim Dean and CAO$343,396
J Rich LeonardDean, School of Law$331,308
David TolentinoAssoc. Dean Clinical Affairs$305,980
Mark L HammondVice President For Academic$264,430
John RobersonExecutive Vp, Board Secretary$223,136
Britt J DavisVP For Institutional Advance$216,019
Dennis N BazemoreVP For Student Life$197,453
Julie ByrdComptroller, Board Treasurer$147,380

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2020

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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