Anderson University

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Anderson University is a selective, comprehensive Christian university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees on campus, in Greenville and online.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29621


Phone: (864) 231-2000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 570324906

CEO/President: Evans P Whitaker, Ph.D.

Chairman: Dr. Paul Pinson

Board size: 30

Founder: Daniel Brown, J.P. Reed & Stephen McCulley

Ruling year: 1935

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


For God and humanity, Anderson University seeks to be an innovative, entrepreneurial, premier comprehensive university where liberal arts, professional studies, and graduate studies thrive within an uplifting, welcoming, and distinctively Christian community of diverse faculty, staff and students dedicated to intellectually rigorous learning, a caring and hospitable campus culture, and personal transformation.

Mission statement

Anderson University is an academic community affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. It provides a competitive education in the liberal arts, professional, and graduate disciplines, and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement. This is a diverse community that is intentionally Christ-centered, people-focused, student-oriented, quality-driven, and future-directed.

Statement of faith


We believe in one living and true God, who exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - the same in essence but distinct in person. In God exists, simply and eternally, all perfections of goodness, truth, and beauty. He created the heavens and earth from nothing by his sovereign will and sustains and governs them by his almighty power and love. He has revealed himself and his truth in the created order, in the Holy Scriptures, and supremely in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, incarnate. He is the eternally begotten Son of the Father, who in the fullness of time took to himself a complete human nature - body and soul - uniting divinity and humanity in one person for the salvation of the world. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died as a sacrifice for sin, rose bodily on the third day, and ascended into heaven. Even now he intercedes for his people, and one day he will come again to judge the living and the dead and to consummate his eternal kingdom.

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the Lord and giver of life, the third person of the Trinity, who eternally proceeds from the Father and Son. He is sent by the Father and Son to indwell believers, to empower them for holiness, and to equip them for service and witness.


We believe that human beings are the special creation of God, in his own image and likeness, and the crowning achievement of his creation. In the beginning, human beings were innocent of sin and endowed by God with freedom of choice, yet chose to sin against God and brought sin and death into the human race. Thus, all persons (except Jesus Christ) come into the world under the curse of sin and need redemption. Only God, by his grace, can bring one into his holy fellowship and enable one to fulfill God's creative purpose. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created humanity in his own image, and in that Christ died for humanity; therefore, every person of every race and ethnicity possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christ-like love.


We believe in the existence of Satan, sin, and evil powers, and that all these have been defeated by God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


We believe Jesus Christ died for all the sins of the world. His suffering and death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead were for all peoples and provide the only redemption from sin.

Salvation by Grace

We believe that all who freely accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are "born again" (made new, renewed, or regenerated) and thereby become children of God, and are enabled to offer spiritual worship acceptable to God. Salvation is by God's grace alone through faith. People cannot save themselves by works of righteousness, but works of righteousness are products of the Holy Spirit.


We believe that authentic Christian life begins with conversion to Jesus Christ which involves repentance and faith in Him; conversion to Christ results in justification (forgiveness) and sanctification (growth in holiness). These are gifts that cannot be earned or inherited.

Scripture and Creeds

We believe that the sixty-six books of Holy Scripture are inspired by God's Spirit, are without error, and are the sole supreme and final authority under God for Christian belief and life; Jesus Christ is the focus of divine revelation. Creeds and confessional statements are expressions of common faith under the authority of Christ and Scripture.

The Church

We believe that the one, holy, universal Church is the "body of Christ," those people who believe and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Church was instituted by Jesus Christ to be the people of God, the body and bride of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. The universal, or invisible, church is made up of all true believers regardless of race, gender, age or station in life; the visible church is the local expression of this people of God in particular congregations of believers. The mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations by proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of Jesus Christ and by faithfully administering the Lord's ordinances and discipline. The purpose of the church is to glorify God as his redeemed people in all of its words and actions: in its worship, evangelism, service, care for creation, and care for all people, especially the poor and needy.

Baptist Distinctives

We believe in the autonomy of the local congregation, separation of church and state, and voluntary cooperation between congregations for evangelism and education. We believe in freedom of conscience from government domination or control and in the liberty and competency of every Christian believer to interpret Scripture, in conversation with the whole body of Christ, and to go directly to God in prayer.


We believe in two ordinances instituted by Christ to be observed by his people until he returns: water baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord's Supper.

Gender, Sexuality and Marriage

We believe, that God, in his image, created humanity as male and female (Genesis 1:27) and that Jesus affirmed this truth (Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:6). On the basis of biblical teaching and together with the vast majority of Christians throughout the ages, we affirm that marriage between one man and one woman is the only proper context for sexual intimacy and that abstinence should be observed in singleness.

The Lord's Return and Last Things

We believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth, personally, visibly, and unexpectedly, in power and glory to raise all the dead, judge people and nations, consign Satan and his followers to hell, save all people who believe in Jesus Christ by faith, and to bring His Kingdom to fulfillment.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating455 of 107750 of 130
Fund acquisition rating717 of 107893 of 130
Resource allocation rating270 of 107825 of 130
Asset utilization rating509 of 107756 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,712,424$3,721,549$2,904,475$3,500,098$4,231,933
Short-term investments$43,061,297$39,701,048$38,572,626$36,350,499$31,917,340
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$85,951,536$79,868,180$76,921,641$72,022,272$63,789,197
Long-term investments$2,069,760$3,023,995$4,366,372$3,906,207$3,544,931
Fixed assets$95,011,092$88,438,317$87,238,901$87,783,753$83,800,670
Other long-term assets$4,352,244$4,260,069$4,274,253$4,318,862$4,499,575
Total long-term assets$101,433,096$95,722,381$95,879,526$96,008,822$91,845,176
Total assets$187,384,632$175,590,561$172,801,167$168,031,094$155,634,373
Payables and accrued expenses$4,472,953$4,554,487$4,642,874$4,416,915$5,774,629
Other current liabilities$3,562,484$2,289,145$1,342,576$1,306,603$1,672,094
Total current liabilities$8,035,437$6,843,632$5,985,450$5,723,518$7,446,723
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$7,142,929$8,167,266$8,524,425$10,044,981$8,889,706
Total long-term liabilities$39,258,998$36,127,169$38,146,277$41,356,959$38,430,783
Total liabilities$47,294,435$42,970,801$44,131,727$47,080,477$45,877,506
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$107,701,555$100,855,223$96,229,409$90,159,290$74,230,003
With donor restrictions$32,388,642$31,764,537$32,440,031$30,791,327$35,526,864
Net assets$140,090,197$132,619,760$128,669,440$120,950,617$109,756,867
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,902,925$3,919,145$4,243,231$4,741,586$6,267,147
Program service revenue$94,605,915$89,916,802$86,263,876$80,488,285$74,766,671
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$564,650$1,282,613$3,951,675$1,362,463($126,681)
Other revenue$149,027$70,263($48,572)$43,645$34,305
Total other revenue$95,319,592$91,269,678$90,166,979$81,894,393$74,674,295
Total revenue$102,222,517$95,188,823$94,410,210$86,635,979$80,941,442
Program services$85,587,094$80,832,233$74,080,694$64,281,047$58,869,276
Management and general$9,256,522$7,861,572$9,847,676$12,996,451$10,674,921
Total expenses$96,439,153$90,114,563$85,037,845$78,319,116$70,447,011
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$5,783,364$5,074,260$9,372,365$8,316,863$10,494,431
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,783,364$5,074,260$9,372,365$8,316,863$10,494,431


Dr Evans P WhitakerPresident$687,459
David Omar RashedSenior Vice President Administration & Brand$228,083
James Wayne LandrithSenior Vice President Development/Presidential Aff$220,305
Martha HinmanProfessor Physical Therapy/Program Chair$202,427
Steven NailDean-College of Business$197,276
Ryan NealProvost$192,747
James FereiraSr VP Student Development$169,536
Danny ParkerExec VP and History Professor$152,776
Kristie ColeVice President/CFO$152,502
Ben DeatonVP for the Office of Tech Online Learning and Inno$149,903
Carol ArchuletaDean-School of Nursing$146,375

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2020

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Program accomplishments

Anderson University is one of the premier private Christian universities in the country. Known among its peers as an institution that provides a rigorous educational experience, grounded in faith and innovation, AU is regularly recognized by national organizations for affordability, excellence, and a commitment to our student's engagement and growth.