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 rating383 of 110250 of 129
Fund acquisition rating581 of 110367 of 129
Resource allocation rating119 of 110310 of 129
Asset utilization rating667 of 110293 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$9,711,275$16,946,650$18,044,255$19,603,284$18,798,469
Short-term investments$237,213,535$259,337,764$193,528,791$177,013,339$204,007,641
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$308,565,111$331,835,151$257,047,631$229,597,464$238,454,780
Long-term investments$16,106$568,674$568,674$562,574$562,574
Fixed assets$324,269,310$335,958,762$343,462,390$326,736,946$299,068,735
Other long-term assets$17,227,599$10,379,849$11,826,275$11,709,555$8,158,817
Total long-term assets$341,513,015$346,907,285$355,857,339$339,009,075$307,790,126
Total assets$650,078,126$678,742,436$612,904,970$568,606,539$546,244,906
Payables and accrued expenses$10,856,603$8,006,865$7,312,057$11,248,067$9,702,607
Other current liabilities$5,683,387$7,171,992$8,180,187$6,680,258$6,006,305
Total current liabilities$16,539,990$15,178,857$15,492,244$17,928,325$15,708,912
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$76,277,512$84,057,946$25,269,791$24,264,413$19,718,841
Total long-term liabilities$153,829,894$165,519,487$175,843,827$150,532,898$126,032,608
Total liabilities$170,369,884$180,698,344$191,336,071$168,461,223$141,741,520
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$266,510,771$258,569,625$231,912,182$218,037,761$209,293,681
With donor restrictions$213,197,471$239,474,467$189,656,717$182,107,555$195,209,705
Net assets$479,708,242$498,044,092$421,568,899$400,145,316$404,503,386
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$20,201,207$27,410,206$42,106,668$25,171,619$18,461,371
Program service revenue$209,536,461$215,269,960$208,995,860$209,383,141$208,763,460
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$25,372,273$18,576,882$5,779,165$11,854,837$11,833,650
Other revenue$4,175,402$2,520,418$4,579,624$3,625,895$2,481,698
Total other revenue$239,084,136$236,367,260$219,354,649$224,863,873$223,078,808
Total revenue$259,285,343$263,777,466$261,461,317$250,035,492$241,540,179
Program services$213,203,980$210,658,745$225,071,608$221,866,952$226,965,657
Management and general$15,836,162$18,026,611$13,500,444$16,537,071$11,916,018
Total expenses$231,274,276$231,224,351$241,570,163$242,156,080$242,836,287
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$28,011,067$32,553,115$19,891,154$7,879,412($1,296,108)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$28,011,067$32,553,115$19,891,154$7,879,412($1,296,108)


J Bradley CreedPresident$462,534
James PowersAssoc. Dean Clinical Integ.$335,338
J Rich LeonardDean, School of Law$324,600
Brian Kessler As of 5121Dean, Cusom$299,724
Michael MahalikVice Dean Academic Affairs$295,202
David TolentinoAssoc. Dean Clinical Affairs$292,489
David MeeVP For Enrollment Mgt$282,466
Sandra ConnollyVP For Business & CFO$261,732
Mark HammondVP Academic Affairs/Provost$244,141
John RobersonExecutive Vp, Board Secretary$224,273
Britt DavisVP Institutional Advancement$206,955
Dennis BazemoreVP For Student Life$193,230
Sherri Yerk-ZwicklVP For Info Technology & CIO$180,740
Julie ByrdComptroller, Board Treasurer$143,790
Faithe BeamVP Spiritual Life & Campus Min$112,122

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2022

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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