University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

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For 177 years, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has equipped students for purposeful lives that honor God. As the oldest continually operating university in Texas, we are fiercely proud of and immensely grateful for our unique story.

Propelled by an unapologetically Kingdom-minded commitment, UMHB is dedicated to helping students deepen their faith while championing each student's remarkable potential.

Together, we live with purpose, on purpose.

Contact information

Mailing address:
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College St #8003
Belton, TX 76513-2578


Phone: 254-295-4698

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 741161940

CEO/President: Randy O'Rear, Ed.D.

Chairman: Jack Phelps

Board size: 37

Founder: Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor

Ruling year: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


UMHB will be the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest.


We will deepen our commitment to our Christian mission and Baptist heritage.
We will offer a high-quality educational experience while remaining one of the most competitively priced private universities in the Southwest.
We will offer exceptional academic programs that distinguish UMHB as a leading university.
We will strengthen our commitment to excellent teaching.
We will be recognized for our student-focused culture.
We will foster and grow a robust residential campus community.
We will cultivate a campus culture of global engagement.
We will provide attractive facilities that advance student learning and campus life.
We will secure the financial resources needed to accomplish our vision.
We will hire, develop, and retain highly qualified people who are passionate about contributing to the UMHB experience.

Mission statement

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor prepares students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. Academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education distinguish our Christ-centered learning community.

Statement of faith

Christian Faith and the Intellectual Life

We recognize that all truth, whether revealed in Scripture or creation, has its origin in God. Since all truth is grounded in God, we believe that the pursuit of truth and the Christian faith are mutually reinforcing. We strive to develop graduates who integrate Christian perspectives and attitudes into every dimension of life: character, relationships, vocation, and service. To empower students to integrate a passionate Christian faith with human knowledge, we dedicate ourselves not only to grounding them in the basics of Scripture and in the historical beliefs of the Christian faith, but also to broadening their horizons, deepening their insight, sharpening their intellect, and cultivating their ability to appreciate the good, the true, and the beautiful. We seek committed Christians for our faculty and staff who will support the university's mission and who will be active participants in their local church. In short, our goal is to produce graduates who love God with their whole mind.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating674 of 105093 of 129
Fund acquisition rating723 of 1051100 of 129
Resource allocation rating131 of 10517 of 129
Asset utilization rating998 of 1050127 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,425,606$5,059,151$6,642,587$6,857,587$6,548,462
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$27,284,027$29,827,909$26,510,945$14,306,637$18,735,734
Long-term investments$122,985,716$120,687,223$121,723,672$123,092,446$110,041,722
Fixed assets$195,385,570$198,370,176$196,182,455$187,251,555$178,647,830
Other long-term assets$2,238,117$2,307,314$679,027$826,464$1,115,013
Total long-term assets$320,609,403$321,364,713$318,585,154$311,170,465$289,804,565
Total assets$347,893,430$351,192,622$345,096,099$325,477,102$308,540,299
Payables and accrued expenses$9,084,194$11,371,504$10,555,414$11,206,157$9,351,292
Other current liabilities$1,915,196$2,169,131$1,901,607$2,294,504$1,949,117
Total current liabilities$10,999,390$13,540,635$12,457,021$13,500,661$11,300,409
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$16,640,210$16,275,184$15,724,270$15,443,009$14,526,839
Total long-term liabilities$67,065,073$72,176,915$76,900,623$71,712,996$75,439,570
Total liabilities$78,064,463$85,717,550$89,357,644$85,213,657$86,739,979
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$177,255,763$173,065,630$160,151,462$145,058,408$139,652,971
With donor restrictions$92,573,204$92,409,442$95,586,993$95,205,037$82,147,349
Net assets$269,828,967$265,475,072$255,738,455$240,263,445$221,800,320
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,856,929$10,439,543$8,710,759$10,240,633$5,666,139
Program service revenue$112,525,833$114,627,491$108,675,881$105,232,484$102,460,442
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,423,431$5,493,569$5,400,010$5,076,840$4,343,258
Other revenue$5,970$6,042$2,795$5,530$5,615
Total other revenue$117,955,234$120,127,102$114,078,686$110,314,854$106,809,315
Total revenue$125,812,163$130,566,645$122,789,445$120,555,487$112,475,454
Program services$109,294,157$107,099,711$101,287,278$98,212,876$92,399,029
Management and general$6,736,545$6,827,213$6,789,349$6,578,550$6,024,575
Total expenses$118,112,814$115,985,978$110,359,831$107,077,406$101,077,425
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$7,699,349$14,580,667$12,429,614$13,478,081$11,398,029
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$7,699,349$14,580,667$12,429,614$13,478,081$11,398,029


Randal O'RearPresident$663,931
Steve TheodoreCOO & Sr VP For Admin$335,473
John VassarProvost & Sr VP For Academ$327,932
Jennifer RammVP For Business & Finance$272,615
Cliffa FosterDean - School of Exercise$247,398
Colin WilbornDean - Executive Dean, May$221,663
Gary D FredenburgHead Coach$216,740
Michael D KerrAssociate Dean - School of Excercise & Sport Scie$215,682
Susan OwensVP of Human Resources$212,161

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2020

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The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor traces its distinguished history to the days when Texas had yet to gain statehood and when Baptist missionary work was just beginning in the frontier Republic. As early as 1839, representatives of churches in Washington County issued an appeal to the Home Mission Board of New York to inaugurate a missionary movement in Texas. Missionaries Rev. James Huckins and Rev. William M. Tryon were sent, and soon after, Judge R.E.B. Baylor came to Texas as a teacher, lawyer, soldier and preacher. Tryon and Baylor were appointed to prepare a charter to establish a Baptist university. On February 1, 1845, a charter was granted by the 9th Congress of the Republic of Texas, approved by President Anson Jones at Washington-on-the-Brazos, and the long awaited Baptist university became a reality.

The school initially included a Preparatory Division in addition to co-educational classes for college students. In 1851, under the same charter, a Female Department and a Male Department were created, ending co-education. In 1866, the Female Department obtained a separate charter and its own board of trustees.

In 1886, due to changing transportation and economics in the area, it was deemed necessary to move both schools. The Male Department consolidated with Waco University in Waco, Texas, retaining the name Baylor University. The Female Department (Baylor Female College since the 1866 separation) moved to Belton, Texas. Since the move to Belton, the school has undergone several name changes including: 1925, Baylor College for Women; 1934, Mary Hardin-Baylor College (named in honor of a benefactor); and 1978, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In 1971, the oldest college for women west of the Mississippi became co-educational.

UMHB's illustrious history includes such notable milestones as starting the first work-study program for women in a college west of the Mississippi (1893); serving as the campus model for the Baptist Student Union (1920); establishing the first school of journalism in a college for women in America and being the second institution in Texas to offer the degree of Bachelor of Journalism (1921); and being recognized as the first Texas Baptist college accepted into full membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1926).

Since these auspicious "firsts," UMHB has continued to make history as a leader in the fields of education, business, nursing, and church leadership; in athletics through conference and national play; and in other important areas of campus life.

Today, UMHB enjoys a robust student enrollment of around 3,900 students and employs more than 400 full-time faculty and staff committed to Christian higher education.

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