Southeastern University

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Southeastern University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning. We are committed to providing a Christian college education designed to equip the next generation to go into the world as influential servant leaders in their careers and their communities.

Our campus is in sunny Lakeland, Florida, meaning students are treated to great weather and outdoor activities throughout the year. Lakeland is a vibrant community with a small-town feel and plenty of things to do. If you're looking for more, SEU is within an hour's drive of some of the nation's best beaches, as well as theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Southeastern University
1000 Longfellow Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33801


Phone: 800-500-8760

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 590722789

CEO/President: Dr. Kent Ingle

Chairman: Rev. Terry Raburn

Board size: 32

Founder: J.C. Thames

Ruling year: 1947

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Southeastern University is anchored by Spirit-empowered education in a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community. Southeastern's global impact is marked by a deep commitment to transforming minds and engaging culture through the integration of faith, learning and service. Each student's divine design is nurtured and unleashed through the investment of faculty and staff, relationships within the community, the rigor of scholarship, diverse learning experiences and the discipline of spiritual formation, which propels students into a lifetime of serving the world in the Spirit of Christ.

Mission statement

Equipping students to discover and develop their divine design to serve Christ and the world through Spirit-empowered life, learning and leadership.

Statement of faith

In addition to our mission and vision statement, we hold fundamental truths about the Christian faith that include the following:

The Scriptures are inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.

There is only one true God who is revealed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

Jesus Christ, as God's son, was both fully human and divine.

We are proud of our affiliation with the Assemblies of God and our Pentecostal tradition. We are also proud to be a welcoming community for students from all Christian backgrounds and denominations. Our campus includes many Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, etc., as well as nondenominational students. Everyone shares a strong commitment to knowing Christ and making Him known, and we celebrate our theological similarities while appreciating our differences.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating148 of 111012 of 129
Fund acquisition rating638 of 111186 of 129
Resource allocation rating187 of 111114 of 129
Asset utilization rating72 of 11106 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,504,732$7,707,068$6,520,932$11,547,715$5,760,773
Short-term investments$8,049,353$9,092,453$9,068,378$328,064$8,896,568
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$19,340,957$22,363,020$25,733,821$19,548,381$17,178,425
Long-term investments$21,837,884$22,453,065$17,927,153$17,121,856$1,022,788
Fixed assets$90,009,246$91,384,771$94,944,356$97,972,571$94,176,271
Other long-term assets$2,486,521$282,268$304,079$418,528$555,361
Total long-term assets$114,333,651$114,120,104$113,175,588$115,512,955$95,754,420
Total assets$133,674,608$136,483,124$138,909,409$135,061,336$112,932,845
Payables and accrued expenses$7,523,260$6,836,281$8,675,319$9,387,988$12,194,028
Other current liabilities$1,487,684$1,533,525$4,054,725$3,830,061$2,454,816
Total current liabilities$9,010,944$8,369,806$12,730,044$13,218,049$14,648,844
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,398,184$3,635,488$12,540,882$6,830,020$4,303,284
Total long-term liabilities$76,881,708$78,244,837$95,222,461$94,333,111$73,648,441
Total liabilities$85,892,652$86,614,643$107,952,505$107,551,160$88,297,285
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$33,710,759$34,709,873$16,623,275$12,762,053$12,888,588
With donor restrictions$14,071,197$15,158,608$14,333,629$14,748,123$11,746,972
Net assets$47,781,956$49,868,481$30,956,904$27,510,176$24,635,560
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,652,731$17,311,654$18,653,090$10,096,021$2,861,432
Program service revenue$122,442,972$124,688,048$111,917,808$118,462,802$117,011,069
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$589,770$1,012,826$170,087$452,092$327,630
Other revenue$586,347$20,847$27,798$405,104$95,433
Total other revenue$123,619,089$125,721,721$112,115,693$119,319,998$117,434,132
Total revenue$126,271,820$143,033,375$130,768,783$129,416,019$120,295,564
Program services$115,717,649$116,471,219$113,347,383$105,661,435$108,992,186
Management and general$12,284,693$14,062,762$14,965,916$17,090,280$16,482,566
Total expenses$128,834,464$131,732,313$129,332,835$123,897,297$126,620,215
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($2,562,644)$11,301,062$1,435,948$5,518,722($6,324,651)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($2,562,644)$11,301,062$1,435,948$5,518,722($6,324,651)


Dr Kent InglePresident$562,175
Dr J Chris OwenExecutive Vice President$401,801
Dr Meghan L GriffinProvost/Chief Academic Officer$255,667
Justin LathropVP Strategic Partnerships$239,179
Roy Rowland IVVP For Enrollment Management$236,676
Dennis RossProfessor, Political Science$206,925
Dr Bethany ThomasVP Student Development$189,790
Phillip SchmittVP Finance/CFO$189,035
Dr Cody LloydVP For Institutional Research$178,470
Dr Michael SteinerVP of Innovation$171,474
Tommy BarnettTrustee$62,000
Gabriel SalgueroTrustee$14,833
Terry RobertsTrustee$4,500
Douglas WitherupTrustee$3,000
Mark BattersonTrustee$3,000
Kenneth DraughtonTrustee$250

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2023

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Southeastern University has been training servant leaders since our founding in 1935 as Alabama Shield of Faith Institute. Through the 20th and into the 21st century, we have changed locations, expanded programs and buildings and graduated some of the most talented, dedicated servant leaders in the world, who have engaged the culture and made an influence for Jesus Christ. This brief timeline highlights some of the milestones of our university, and we expect many more to come in the future.

1935 - Founded in New Brockton, Alabama, as Alabama Shield of Faith Institute
1936 - Name changed to South-Eastern Bible Institute
1937 - First graduating class
1940 - Campus moved to Atlanta and renamed Beulah Heights Southeastern Bible Institute
1942 - Relocated to Capitol Avenue in Atlanta and renamed South-Eastern Bible Institute
1946 - Campus moved to Lakeland, Florida, at the former site of Lodwick School of Aeronautics, located at the current Tiger Town/Joker Marchant Stadium facility
1952 - Relocated to the current campus site on Longfellow Boulevard between Lake Bonny and Lake Holloway in Lakeland
1956 - Renamed South-Eastern Bible College
1973 - Bush Chapel dedicated and opened for worship
1977 - Renamed Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God
1986 - Received regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
1999 - Joined the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
2001 - Construction began on new residence halls, beginning with Aventura and followed by Esperanza and Destino
2003 - Construction completed on Sportsplex and Pansler Alumni-Student Union
2005 - Renamed Southeastern University
2007 - Tuscana Ristorante (on-campus restaurant) opened
2009 - Fire Athletics joined The Sun Conference of the NAIA
2010 - Longfellow Boulevard entrance renovation completed
2012 - Announced addition of new degree programs and multiple sports, including football, to begin play in 2014
2013 - Construction began on our new football stadium (later named Victory Field) and the College of Natural & Health Sciences building
2014 - Mi Casa Cafe renovated to accommodate Chick-fil-A Express; construction began on the choral rehearsal hall
2014 - Football kicked off at Victory Field, earning the Fire a 31-7 win at our inaugural home game
2014 - Plans approved for another major campus expansion, including new residence halls, classroom space and athletic venues
2015 - Construction began on Buena Vida 125,000-square-foot live/learn facility and the Student Activities Center expansion
2015 - Construction completed on the College of Natural & Health Sciences building, including a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, patient exam rooms, and laboratory classrooms
2016 - Student Activities Center expansion completed, enabling SEU to add wrestling to our available athletics
2016 - Construction of dormitories, classrooms and offices of Buena Vida completed
2016 - Pathways School of Excellence, a school dedicated to middle and high school students with disabilities, opened in the College of Education building
2016 - SEU's second doctoral degree, the Doctor of Ministry, launched with our first cohort
2016 - The first SEU student to earn a doctoral degree, Dr. Candi Ring, graduated with an EdD
2017 - The Buena Vida Food Court opened, featuring Back Yard Burgers, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Papa Johns Pizza
2021 - The SEU Welcome Center opened. The building serves as the official front door to the campus and connects to Addison Hall.

Program accomplishments

Top 1% fastest-growing institutions in the U.S.

Top 25% in affordability nationwide

10,000+ students worldwide