1 University Drive UPO 783
Campbellsville KY 42718-2190
Contact Information
Address 1 University Drive UPO 783
Campbellsville, KY 42718 2190
Phone (270) 789-5000
Fax 270 789-5194
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1943
Former Names
Campbellsville College
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
  • Donations are accepted by mailing a check, phone call, or online.  Checks may be mailed to the Office of Development, Campbellsville University, 1 University Drive, UPO 784, Campbellsville, KY 42718.
  • Call the Office of Development at 270.789.5211.
  • Online giving is available on the Alumni and Friends tab of the university website Giving options are listed under the Giving link.
Other Documents
2013 Campus Map
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Campbellsville University is a comprehensive, Christian institution that offers pre-professional, undergraduate and graduate programs. The university is dedicated to academic excellence solidly grounded in the liberal arts that fosters personal growth, integrity and professional preparation within a caring environment. The university prepares students as Christian servant leaders for life-long learning, continued scholarship, and active participation in a diverse, global society.  

Background Statement  

Campbellsville University was founded in 1906 by the Russell Creek Baptist Association. The history of the University illustrates a commitment to teaching as far back as the early 1920’s when the institution provided normal school training. The University is a private, comprehensive institution affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and is open to students of all denominations.

The university’s 95-acre main campus is situated in the heartland region of Kentucky, in Campbellsville and Taylor County (pop.23,000) and is just one and one-half hours from Lexington and Louisville and two and one-half hours from Nashville. Another portion of the campus, Clay Hill Memorial Forest, is located just seven miles from campus. It is a 135-acre educational and research woodland being developed by the Division of Natural Science as a regional center for environmental education. Also, the University has several regional education centers including Hodgenville, Louisville, and Somerset.

The campus has nearly 55 major buildings, including a new School of Education building (2009). Currently, Campbellsville University has an enrollment of 3,607 students representing 99 Kentucky counties, 32 states and 34 foreign nations. With over 350 full-time faculty and staff, the faculty/student ratio is 1:13. Over 60% of the full-time faculty has the Ph.D. or highest recognized degree. A centennial celebration of Campbellsville University took place in 2006 and, three years later, the Board of Trustees approved a bold blueprint, Vision 2025: Preparing Christian Servant Leaders, for the continuing growth and development of the university over the next 15 years. Campbellsville University continues to be accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offering 63 programs of study at the undergraduate level, 17 masters’ degrees, eight pre-professional programs, and five post-graduate areas.

Impact Statement
  1. Record enrollment of 3,607 students and record graduation of 597 graduates
  2. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 
  3. Listed in U.S. News & World Report as a top regional university in the South 
  4. Named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®
  5. Named a Champions of Character Institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Needs Statement
  1. Scholarship Funds are accepted at any amount and $500,000 is needed annually for low-income students.
  2. Building Funds are needed for a student wellness center ($1,500,000), school of business and economics building ($2,000,000), visual arts complex ($750,000), and alumni and friends park ($150,000) at front entrance of the campus.
  3. Tutors and mentors are needed for the Learning Commons to assist students struggling with academics and for career guidance and mock interviews.
  4. Volunteers and supporters are needed to serve on boards such as the Advancement Board, the Patrons of the Visual Arts Board, the Board of Alumni and the Big Maroon Athletic Boosters.
  5. The Clay Hill Memorial Forest Program needs support for the environmental education programs serving K-12 schools throughout Kentucky.
CEO/Executive Director Statement As Campbellsville University emerges as a regional university with extension centers across the Commonwealth, Campbellsville is providing transformational experiences in preparing students to become servant leaders, who demonstrate strong Christian ethics, character development and responsible stewardship in today’s global society. Campbellsville has a strong heritage in providing educational opportunities to underserved, low-income rural students including many, who are also first generation college students.
Board Chair Statement Over the past 35 years as an alumnus of CU, I have served in various capacities on several of the volunteer boards.  I have served on the Board of Trustees for the past 8 years and now as Chairman means more than words can express.  I deem it an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve and give back to an institution that has nurtured me and my family. As trustees we are participating in transforming the lives of thousands of students who will one day touch the lives of millions of people around the world.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Universities
Geographic Areas Served
Campbellsville University is located near the geograhical center of Kentucky in Campbellsville, Taylor County, however last year students were from 99 Kentucky counties, 32 states, and 34 foreign nations.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Joseph Owens
Company Affiliation Shiloh Baptist Church
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2013
Board Members
Mr. John Ball Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Ivan Bennett Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Kenny Bennett RetiredVoting
Mr. Barry Blevins Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Steve Branscum Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Pat Burkhart RetiredVoting
Mrs. Anna Mary Byrdwell RetiredVoting
Rev. Joel Carwile Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Buzz Cason Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Teresa Cassell Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Johnnie Clark Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Karl Clinard Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Jay Conner Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Mike Eastridge Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Doug Feltner Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Jana Gore Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Donnie Gosser RetiredVoting
Dr. E. Bruce Heilman University of RichmondVoting
Dr. James Jones Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Henry Lee Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Ron Lewis Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Mary Frances May Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Alex Montgomery Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. David Morris Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Mildred Newton RetiredVoting
Dr. Larry Noe Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Paul Osborne Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Joseph Owens Shiloh Baptist ChurchVoting
Dr. Carol Peddicord Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Mike Pope DentistVoting
Dr. Chester Porter Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Norris Priest Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Ron Rafferty RetiredVoting
Mrs. Ava Bingham Reynolds Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Chris Reynolds Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Jay Robison Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Malinda Smith RetiredVoting
Rev. Matthew Smyzer Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Hayward Spinks RetiredVoting
Dr. Ralph Tesseneer Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Tommy Turner Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Jane Wheatley Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Shirley Whitehouse RetiredVoting
Rev. Leon Wilson Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 41
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 34
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 64%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Academic Affairs
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Student Affairs
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Michael V. Carter
Term Start July 1999
President of Campbellsville University: 13 years
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Sociology at Carson-Newman College: 14 years


Co-CEO n/a
Full Time Staff 350
Part Time Staff 150
Volunteers 200
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 92%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 350 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 168
Female 182
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Dr. Ken Winters July 1988 - June 1999
Senior Staff
Title Senior Vice President Academic Affairs
Title Vice President Graduate and Professional Studies
Title Vice President Church and External Relations
Title Vice President of Admissions and Student Services
Title Vice President of Development
Title Vice President of Finance and Administration
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments
Campbellsville University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to operate in Kentucky.
New capital projects are being planned for allied health/nursing facilities, art village, broadcast services, Carver School of Social Work, Clay Hill Memorial Forest expansion, College of Arts and Sciences renovation, Gosser Fine Arts renovation, Montgomery Library renovation, regional centers, School of Business and Economics, school of theology and prayer chapel, Shely Science Center renovation and equipment, Heilman Cultural and Student Center Buildings 3 & 4, student wellness and fitness center, residential units, multipurpose gymnasium, upgrades for athletic facilities, campus alumni and friends park, campus mile walkway, campus parking, and environmental sustainability.
Budget 33850000
Population Served , ,
Campbellsville University is seeking to add 60 new endowed scholarships, 5 endowed instructorships, 5 endowed professorships, 2 endowed deanships, 6 endowed buildings, 6 endowed academic chairs, the student life/campus ministries program and the athletic program.
Budget 15250000
Population Served , ,
Annual gifts are unrestricted gifts for all university pruposes including the scholarship fund, faculty salaries, and athletics. Annual giving helps to ensure college affordability and high quality educational experiences for today's 21st century students.
Budget 12000000
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Financial support assures Campbellsville University's future as a Christian university of choice for deserving students, who seek to earn a degree at a comprehensive, private Christian university; enables the university to attract leading faculty, who are committed to the intertwining of faith and discipline; enriches the student life experience with state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities; and strengthens the sense of community and traditional familial campus.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Appalachian College Association (ACA)2012
Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU)2012
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)2012
Chamber of Commerce2012
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)2012
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)2009
Council on Social Work Education2012
Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board2012
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Association of Schools of Music - Accreditation2012
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education - Accreditation2012
Top 100 Best Regional Universities in the SouthUSNews & World Report2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2012
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2013
Projected Revenue $53,056,815.00
Projected Expenses $53,056,815.00
Endowment Value $10,206,648.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Revenue$57,585,061$55,607,007$51,817,814
Total Expenses$55,983,292$54,193,702$50,548,621
Revenue Less Expenses$1,601,769$1,413,305$1,269,193
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$507,308$1,244,513$1,108,570
Individual Contributions$4,524,593$4,913,097$3,965,504
Investment Income, Net of Losses$419,005$338,597$332,066
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$39,173$51,189$50,040
Revenue In-Kind$126,331$708,649--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$49,652,245$48,109,048$444,355,105
Administration Expense$5,496,319$5,154,985$5,308,468
Fundraising Expense$834,728$929,669$805,048
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.031.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%89%879%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%15%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$90,618,437$87,024,863$85,162,600
Current Assets$11,478,238$9,758,007$8,990,816
Long-Term Liabilities$42,448,900$41,787,646$8,149,535
Current Liabilities$3,133,256$2,794,939$35,381,258
Total Net Assets$45,036,281$42,442,278$41,631,807
Form 990s
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 990 2011
2010 990 2010
2009 990 2009
2008 990 2008
Audit Documents
2011 Audit
2010 Audit
2009 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Capital Projects, Endowed Scholarships, Academic Programs, Athletic Programs, and Annual Funds
Goal $61,100,000.00
Dates Aug 2008 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date 26388420 as of June 2012
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments

As president, I take very seriously the responsibility of each student receiving the highest quality education and greatest student life experience possible while keeping tuition cost as low as possible.With the ongoing rising costs of health care, utilities, property and liability insurance, energy, and technology upgrades, the university remains committed to effective stewardship and is sensitive to the needs of our students. We will continue to work hard to provide a quality higher education experience in the years ahead.


Address 1 University Drive UPO 783
Campbellsville, KY 427182190
Primary Phone 270 789-5000
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Michael V. Carter
Board Chair Dr. Joseph Owens
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shiloh Baptist Church