Lee University

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Lee University is a private, comprehensive university located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The university's growing reputation as a quality institution can be seen in the high caliber of faculty, students, and friends who are drawn to the campus. This marks the 30th straight year of increased enrollment under the leadership of president, Dr. Paul Conn (no longer President). Over the past two decades, Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee and the largest in the Appalachian College Association.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lee University
PO Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320

Website: leeuniversity.edu

Phone: 800-533-9930

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 620502739

CEO/President: Dr. Mark Walker

Chairman: Wade Lombard

Board size: 24

Founder: Nora Chambers

Ruling year: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


A personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior is the controlling perspective from which our educational enterprise is carried out. The foundational purpose of all educational programs at Lee is to develop within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability, and skills which will prepare them for responsible Christian living in a complex world.

Mission statement

Lee is a Christian institution which offers liberal arts and professional education on both the baccalaureate and graduate levels through residential and distance programs. We seek to provide education that integrates biblical truth as revealed in the Holy Scriptures with truth discovered through the study of arts and sciences and in the practice of various professions.

Statement of faith

For your reference, following is the Declaration of Faith as provided by the Church of God, Lee University's sponsoring denomination. Faculty members at Lee University agree in their contracts not to propagate any religious doctrines, teach or publish anything contrary to the Declaration of Faith. We believe:

In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.

In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary.

That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.

That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.

That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ, through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.

Holiness to be God's standard of living for His people.

In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.

In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

That divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.

In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.

In the pre-millennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.

In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating532 of 107672 of 130
Fund acquisition rating151 of 107719 of 130
Resource allocation rating667 of 107774 of 130
Asset utilization rating789 of 1076103 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$19,347,777$5,344,074$5,055,049$5,869,286$7,792,216
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$34,741,806$25,129,616$10,124,819$9,451,360$15,416,129
Long-term investments$29,813,115$28,582,875$22,766,575$21,415,236$21,196,587
Fixed assets$152,149,691$146,482,976$149,254,093$147,233,249$142,992,374
Other long-term assets$942,172$1,208,545$1,510,636$2,099,987$2,486,474
Total long-term assets$182,904,978$176,274,396$173,531,304$170,748,472$166,675,435
Total assets$217,646,784$201,404,012$183,656,123$180,199,832$182,091,564
Payables and accrued expenses$12,168,295$7,288,057$5,618,854$5,173,355$7,166,926
Other current liabilities$2,737,444$2,876,668$1,971,364$1,912,922$1,814,157
Total current liabilities$14,905,739$10,164,725$7,590,218$7,086,277$8,981,083
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$18,793,282$15,287,533$4,648,471$4,634,628$3,795,239
Total long-term liabilities$39,223,705$38,980,067$27,223,567$26,511,311$28,844,138
Total liabilities$54,129,444$49,144,792$34,813,785$33,597,588$37,825,221
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$136,142,218$131,490,979$129,036,602$128,138,437$124,137,384
With donor restrictions$27,375,122$20,768,241$19,805,736$18,463,807$20,128,959
Net assets$163,517,340$152,259,220$148,842,338$146,602,244$144,266,343
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$12,923,425$11,468,687$7,441,775$7,062,255$8,197,437
Program service revenue$93,570,165$94,206,766$97,951,222$93,900,077$87,376,906
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,369,331$691,561$1,036,906$950,978$827,472
Other revenue$98,786($263,005)($64,579)($65,390)($64,888)
Total other revenue$95,038,282$94,635,322$98,923,549$94,785,665$88,139,490
Total revenue$107,961,707$106,104,009$106,365,324$101,847,920$96,336,927
Program services$82,945,646$84,697,483$86,759,168$81,628,887$75,815,811
Management and general$18,360,725$18,178,260$17,739,145$17,811,875$16,227,494
Total expenses$101,306,371$102,875,743$104,498,313$99,498,739$92,101,282
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$6,655,336$3,228,266$1,867,011$2,349,181$4,235,645
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,655,336$3,228,266$1,867,011$2,349,181$4,235,645


Mark WalkerPresident$255,947
Paul ConnChancellor$193,227
Chris ConineChief Financial Officer$173,282
Michael HayesVP of Student Development$158,444
Sara CampbellDean of School of Nursing$140,149
Jayson VanhookVP For Info Sys/Assoc Prof$138,410
Deborah MurrayChief Academic Officer$133,718
William EstesDean, College of Education$128,862
Bradley MoffettProfessor$123,487

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

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Founded as the Bible Training School in 1918 by the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee, the institution was renamed in 1947 to honor its second president, the Reverend F. J. Lee, and attained university status in 1997. The original purpose was to provide both general and biblical training for those persons entering the Christian ministry, and through the years Lee University has continued this purpose of "ministry," ever more broadly defined to include both church and non-church vocations. Many of the students are affiliated with the Church of God; however, numerous students come from other denominations.

Program accomplishments

Enrollment: 3,500+
Majors Offered: 50+