Dallas Baptist University

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Dallas Baptist University is a Christ-centered liberal arts university that fully integrates Biblical faith and academic learning and is dedicated to developing servant leaders.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

Website: dbu.edu

Phone: 214-333-7100

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 756001300

CEO/President: Dr. Adam C. Wright

Chairman: Dr. Gary Cook

Board size: 25


Ruling year: 1946

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Building a great Christian university that is pleasing to God by producing Christ-centered servant leaders who are transforming the world.

Mission statement

The mission of Dallas Baptist University is to provide Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating382 of 110439 of 129
Fund acquisition rating487 of 110556 of 129
Resource allocation rating720 of 110590 of 129
Asset utilization rating157 of 110414 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,357,335$5,725,519$4,682,727$5,590,443$7,858,064
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$18,251,359$25,988,407$20,230,770$23,702,201$22,915,136
Long-term investments$72,383,731$72,330,936$53,952,805$51,714,939$50,218,801
Fixed assets$132,991,683$131,759,179$136,669,400$134,607,669$127,800,743
Other long-term assets$7,582,788$8,431,381$4,389,929$4,944,631$5,907,140
Total long-term assets$212,958,202$212,521,496$195,012,134$191,267,239$183,926,684
Total assets$231,209,561$238,509,903$215,242,904$214,969,440$206,841,820
Payables and accrued expenses$4,483,994$4,520,579$3,849,402$4,080,675$4,043,880
Other current liabilities$2,558,261$2,469,316$3,261,730$4,671,843$3,851,594
Total current liabilities$7,042,255$6,989,895$7,111,132$8,752,518$7,895,474
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,182,199$2,241,634$2,215,259$2,043,396$1,680,664
Total long-term liabilities$6,660,017$6,915,740$7,079,203$7,090,506$3,188,592
Total liabilities$13,702,272$13,905,635$14,190,335$15,843,024$11,084,066
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$146,667,404$153,577,599$149,313,419$150,042,207$141,370,052
With donor restrictions$70,839,885$71,026,669$51,739,150$49,084,209$54,387,702
Net assets$217,507,289$224,604,268$201,052,569$199,126,416$195,757,754
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$20,334,394$21,672,420$15,774,419$13,452,828$18,377,322
Program service revenue$118,500,369$114,328,770$115,362,227$117,394,743$115,993,799
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,478,334$2,512,961$2,982,661$2,672,351$2,343,968
Other revenue$807,291$371,236$1,095,036$92,720$488,323
Total other revenue$121,785,994$117,212,967$119,439,924$120,159,814$118,826,090
Total revenue$142,120,388$138,885,387$135,214,343$133,612,642$137,203,412
Program services$116,889,825$104,964,065$102,946,219$100,450,981$100,539,478
Management and general$27,766,913$25,006,016$27,119,271$25,530,740$24,497,468
Total expenses$146,289,658$131,160,240$131,134,238$127,216,932$126,270,645
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($4,169,270)$7,725,147$4,080,105$6,395,710$10,932,767
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($4,169,270)$7,725,147$4,080,105$6,395,710$10,932,767


Wright Adam CPresident$732,204
Cook Gary RChancellor$576,651
Heefner Daniel JHead Baseball Coach$476,706
Hedin Norma SVP and Provost$257,697
Murrah Matthew TVP For Financial Affairs$246,946
Teat Jonathan SVP For Administrative & Enrollment Affairs$225,511
Johnson Jeffrey PDean$223,662
Kavli SuzanneProfessor$222,966
Park JinsopProfessor$211,715
Goodyear Jack TDean$202,503
Arnott DavidProfessor$202,078
Hefton Ryan MVice President For Advancement$164,034
Harley James RVP For Student Affairs$162,498
Powers Christa GGeneral Counsel$161,141
Winn Matthew RVice President For Information Technology$158,404
Killingsworth V BlakeVP For Communications$153,967
Byers Randall DVP For Intl Affairs$140,845
Gibson DanielVice President For Graduate Affairs$135,986
Dowd Dennis CSr. Advisor To the President$65,812
Jespersen RyanTrustee$33,459
Taylor BrentTrustee$20,750

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2022

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DBU's forerunner, Decatur Baptist College, was founded in 1898 as the first junior college in Texas. For years, the school called the small town of Decatur home, producing outstanding young men and women who filled churches, classrooms, hospitals, and businesses around the nation.

In 1965, the school relocated to the scenic foothills of southwest Dallas, becoming a four-year institution and eventually being renamed Dallas Baptist University when it began offering graduate-level degrees.

Today, DBU has a variety of degrees on the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Well into our second century, DBU continues to press forward in our mission to produce servant leaders who will transform the world.

Program accomplishments

Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.