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 rating449 of 107738 of 130
Fund acquisition rating358 of 107839 of 130
Resource allocation rating788 of 107887 of 130
Asset utilization rating333 of 107729 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,682,727$5,590,443$7,858,064$4,491,119$4,371,212
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$20,230,770$23,702,201$22,915,136$12,320,176$8,059,242
Long-term investments$53,952,805$51,714,939$50,218,801$46,419,285$40,829,007
Fixed assets$136,669,400$134,607,669$127,800,743$127,816,788$129,245,967
Other long-term assets$4,389,929$4,944,631$5,907,140$5,141,016$4,516,447
Total long-term assets$195,012,134$191,267,239$183,926,684$179,377,089$174,591,421
Total assets$215,242,904$214,969,440$206,841,820$191,697,265$182,650,663
Payables and accrued expenses$3,849,402$4,080,675$4,043,880$3,869,596$4,071,100
Other current liabilities$3,261,730$4,671,843$3,851,594$3,475,175$3,302,056
Total current liabilities$7,111,132$8,752,518$7,895,474$7,344,771$7,373,156
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,215,259$2,043,396$1,680,664$1,897,708$1,775,442
Total long-term liabilities$7,079,203$7,090,506$3,188,592$1,897,708$1,775,442
Total liabilities$14,190,335$15,843,024$11,084,066$9,242,479$9,148,598
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$149,313,419$150,042,207$141,370,052$138,143,091$134,646,528
With donor restrictions$51,739,150$49,084,209$54,387,702$44,311,695$38,855,537
Net assets$201,052,569$199,126,416$195,757,754$182,454,786$173,502,065
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,774,419$13,452,828$18,377,322$13,991,203$15,079,208
Program service revenue$115,362,227$117,394,743$115,993,799$111,242,382$107,587,698
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,982,661$2,672,351$2,343,968$2,866,527$2,005,460
Other revenue$1,095,036$92,720$488,323$122,577$203,998
Total other revenue$119,439,924$120,159,814$118,826,090$114,231,486$109,797,156
Total revenue$135,214,343$133,612,642$137,203,412$128,222,689$124,876,364
Program services$102,946,219$100,450,981$100,539,478$97,509,803$93,428,177
Management and general$27,119,271$25,530,740$24,497,468$24,035,197$24,128,167
Total expenses$131,134,238$127,216,932$126,270,645$122,601,621$118,865,428
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$4,080,105$6,395,710$10,932,767$5,621,068$6,010,936
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,080,105$6,395,710$10,932,767$5,621,068$6,010,936


Wright Adam CPresident$658,333
Cook Gary RChancellor$575,307
Heefner Daniel JHead Baseball Coach$397,729
Hedin Norma SVP and Provost$248,401
Murrah Matthew TVP For Financial Affairs$241,428
Johnson Jeffrey PDean$226,043
Goodyear Jack TDean$223,529
Ingram Jr Osmond CAsst Professor of Leadersh$221,648
Naugle Deemie JAssociate Provost$219,897
Lemons James CProfessor of Theological S$200,377
Dowd Dennis CSr. Advisor To the President$198,107
Teat Jonathan SVP For Administrative Affa$191,413
Killingsworth V BlakeVP For Communications$162,012
Byers Randall DVP For Intl Affairs$155,575
Powers Christa GGeneral Counsel$141,582
Harley James RVP For Student Affairs$138,555
Hefton Ryan MVice President For Advancement$107,529
Purushotham SanjayPt Staff$41,502
Pedersen Herbert LAdjunct Instructor$26,181
Ammons Gregory LAdjunct Instructor$17,983
Martin Jr Hubert RPt Staff$12,423
Harris Ronald LAdjunct Instructor$3,650

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2020

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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.