John Brown University

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John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas' top-ranked university (The Wall Street Journal) and top-ranked regional university (U.S. News), JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 38 states and 53 countries.

JBU is a Christian university committed to providing quality academics within a distinctly Christian community. The university has no denominational affiliation and admits students of any faith. JBU is a vibrant and growing independent Christian university of the arts, sciences and professions.

Contact information

Mailing address:
John Brown University
2000 West University St
Siloam Springs, AR 72761


Phone: 479-524-9500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 710239576

CEO/President: Dr. Charles W. Pollard

Chairman: Marvin G. Spees

Board size: 27

Founder: Dr. John E. Brown Sr.

Ruling year: 1936

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


We are a Christ-centered, interdenominational university that leads the nation in integrating faith and learning, fostering holistic spiritual formation, promoting pragmatic liberal arts education, and preparing people to follow Christ's call to serve others in all areas of life.

Mission statement

John Brown University's mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

Statement of faith

As a Christian institution, John Brown University holds to the interdenominational doctrinal position identified by the following statements:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating546 of 107774 of 130
Fund acquisition rating617 of 107874 of 130
Resource allocation rating322 of 107836 of 130
Asset utilization rating694 of 107788 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,838,866$2,947,851$3,592,646$4,596,113$7,310,805
Short-term investments$124,653,384$110,863,048$109,081,704$102,213,841$82,504,542
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$138,192,690$122,327,576$116,721,029$114,319,066$106,633,583
Long-term investments$12,137,581$23,429,324$22,161,518$19,899,996$19,416,015
Fixed assets$86,045,838$89,576,514$95,276,512$90,921,863$89,338,623
Other long-term assets$3,130,624$3,322,250$3,211,566$3,213,239$3,210,894
Total long-term assets$101,314,043$116,328,088$120,649,596$114,035,098$111,965,532
Total assets$239,506,733$238,655,664$237,370,625$228,354,164$218,599,115
Payables and accrued expenses$3,055,996$3,473,428$4,610,977$3,869,260$4,586,969
Other current liabilities$1,912,312$1,185,265$1,430,905$1,757,996$1,931,977
Total current liabilities$4,968,308$4,658,693$6,041,882$5,627,256$6,518,946
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,257,702$1,273,793$1,255,664$1,299,766$1,308,355
Total long-term liabilities$7,415,797$7,909,833$8,359,699$8,862,427$9,324,661
Total liabilities$12,384,105$12,568,526$14,401,581$14,489,683$15,843,607
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$115,479,281$117,941,371$118,762,486$110,775,120$107,235,497
With donor restrictions$111,643,347$108,145,767$104,206,558$103,089,361$95,520,011
Net assets$227,122,628$226,087,138$222,969,044$213,864,481$202,755,508
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,381,276$16,815,387$16,676,389$15,052,833$18,678,588
Program service revenue$50,078,815$53,542,416$55,002,029$54,850,097$52,910,515
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,506,428$5,678,073$5,334,010$2,585,040$6,894,734
Other revenue$373,132$255,699$274,258$151,791$294,296
Total other revenue$58,958,375$59,476,188$60,610,297$57,586,928$60,099,545
Total revenue$75,339,651$76,291,575$77,286,686$72,639,761$78,778,133
Program services$60,312,345$63,123,828$63,161,019$62,108,481$59,295,498
Management and general$6,271,797$7,250,392$6,865,909$7,821,289$7,148,942
Total expenses$68,570,445$72,538,450$71,896,872$71,740,103$68,343,566
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$6,769,206$3,753,125$5,389,814$899,658$10,434,567
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,769,206$3,753,125$5,389,814$899,658$10,434,567


Charles PollardPresident$378,557
Dr Gary OliverDirector of CHR$240,153
James KrallVP of University Advancement$190,157
Kimberly M HadleyVP of Finance & Administration$170,638
Edward EricsonVP for Academic Affairs$167,683
Donald CrandallVP of Enrollment Management$153,097
Steve BeersVP for Student Development$151,494

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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Established in 1919 by evangelist Dr. John E. Brown Sr., JBU was created to combine Christian liberal arts education with an emphasis on specialized vocational training. While we may not train airplane mechanics today, a "head, heart, hand" education with "Christ over all" is still our focus.

Program accomplishments

Arkansas' #1 University - Wall Street Journal 2020 U.S. College Rankings

Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled in one of JBU's 41 traditional undergraduate programs where we are committed to providing them with an academically-challenging educational experience. In the last few years, JBU's academic programs have been recognized with research and other grant awards from organizations like NASA, the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. JBU has one of the highest graduation rates in the South among Southern Regional Colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report.