MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 E College Way
Olathe KS 66062-1899
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 971-3600
Mission Statement

The mission of MidAmerica Nazarene University is to be a transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve. 

CEO/Executive Director Dr. David J. Spittal
Board Chair Dr. Larry McIntire
Board Chair Company Affiliation McIntire Ear, Nose and Throat Center
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1966
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

The mission of MidAmerica Nazarene University is to be a transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve. 

Background Statement

MidAmerica Nazarene University is a comprehensive liberal arts university offering undergraduate and selected professional and graduate degrees sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene. MNU is fully accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in 1966, MNU opened its doors to students in 1968 with an enrollment of 263. Since that initial semester of operation, enrollment has increased dramatically and is now 1,870. MNU is governed by an elected Board of Trustees. The University’s curriculum is designed to educate students in the manner traditionally associated with a well-rounded liberal arts education, and seeks to transform the individual through intellectual, spiritual, and personal development for a life of service to God, the church, the nation, and the world. MNU’s most popular majors include business administration, elementary education, and nursing. The University is also well-known for its competitive athletic teams. MNU delivers excellence in higher education through a passion for lifelong learning, quality student services, innovation, and a culture of continuous improvement.

Impact Statement

During the past year, MidAmerica Nazarene University accomplished several goals. First and foremost, Mr. Darrel Anderson, MA was hired as the CFO. The University completed a rigorous self-study analysis, resulting in a series of recommendations to the Board of Trustees for strategic resource allocation and program long-term sustainability. MNU successfully raised 51.6% of its fundraising goal toward the $61.3 million Bright Futures comprehensive campaign. As a result of MNU’s summer conferences program, the University hosted more than 19,000 individuals on campus for a variety of activities between May 6th and July 31st and realized $248,000 in gross revenue. Finally, through prudent resource management and the realization of a significant estate gift, MNU reduced its debt load by over $6.8 million by the end of the fiscal year.

As MNU looks ahead, we have identified several priority goals for FY 2018. The first is to reach 50% of our $20 million fundraising goal for the construction of a new Student Center. Our second goal is to increase the permanently restricted endowment by $1 million during the fiscal year. The third strategic goal identified for FY 2018 is to increase the incoming freshman class size by 20% over the 2016 incoming freshman cohort.

Needs Statement
  • Capital Support for the new Student Center - $20,400,000: Designated support for the construction of the new Student Center is necessary to meet fiscal year goals and to be well positioned to secure a matching grant from the Mabee Foundation.
  • Unrestricted Support for the Annual Fund - $375,000: Unrestricted support is necessary for the continued scholarly inquiry that is rigorous and centered on the growth of the individual through integration of Christian faith and learning for which MNU is known. 
  • Scholarship Funding - $260,000: Scholarship funding relieves a great deal of financial stress for MNU students and is often the difference between a student achieving his dream of a college education or being forced to drop out.  
  • Volunteer Mentors - MNU seeks community volunteers from all professions to serve as mentors for senior-level undergraduate students. 

Service Categories
Higher Education
Undergraduate Colleges
Graduate & Professional Schools
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MNU provides higher education to students from the Kansas City metropolitan area; a six-state Midwestern region of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; from throughout the nation; and from several countries. Community outreach and community service activities range from local to international in scope. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Fall Semester 2017 has arrived once again bringing new life and vitality to the MidAmerica Nazarene University Campus and the Olathe Community. Great encouragement stems from the report of an influx of freshmen, transfer and adult and graduate students representing the largest increase in the past 10 years. We are off to a great start. The appeal of MNU is multifactorial. This small Christian University offers a unique blend of a safe and caring campus atmosphere with high quality academic offerings taught by both recently degreed and seasoned educators, 65% of whom have terminal (doctorate) degrees. Small class sizes as well as talented professors who know and mentor the students are benefits enjoyed by our students. Campus life is also a very good learning and living experience. Student development is of paramount importance as reflected by our Mission Statement: The mission of MidAmerica Nazarene University is to be a transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence and cultivates a passion to serve. Pioneer athletic teams are expected to represent us well in the competitive Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Students are the prime motivation of all who support MNU. We desire the best for OUR students and that leads to generous support for the school in the form of scholarships and capital funds. The Bright Futures Campaign has been launched and reports are contained in this document.
As Chairman of the Board it is my pleasure to work with a diverse and talented Board of Trustees. The experience, quality and dedication of our Administrative Team, Faculty and Staff along with the receptive Olathe Community, which welcomed us more than 50 years ago, make for a positive and inviting Campus here in the Heartland of America. The Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Olathe Community, alumni and friends of the university provide inspiration leading to an ever-increasing quality of life and education attractive to potential students now and in the future. Backing and support for MNU is deeply engrained in Churches of the Nazarene across the North Central Region of the United States representing a source of students and funding without which our ongoing success would be jeopardized. We deeply appreciate each individual and organization who has made or is planning to make financial contributions to the MNU Foundation. My true desire that is that we all will take ownership and call MNU – OUR SCHOOL.
Description Building on the remarkable progress made during MNU’s history, and guided by our five-year Building Foundations: Growing Forward strategic plan, MNU is launching the comprehensive, multi-year Bright Futures campaign. The first priority of the Bright Futures campaign is Academic Programs. This component of the campaign will create a Center for Academic and Professional Success, expand student academic support services, equip students for successful careers, engage our faculty in systematic professional development, and develop new academic programs.
Program Budget $6,989,043.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Increased student retention and persistence to graduation
  • Increased number of undergraduate students placed in internships and jobs post-graduation
  • Development of new academic programs based on market demand
  • Increased use of educational technology in the undergraduate curriculum
Long-Term Success

The successful Bright Futures campaign will provide the resources necessary to realize MNU’s bold aspirations and to propel us forward as we enter a new chapter in our history of inspired learning, innovation, creativity, and emerging opportunities.  Academic programs will help our students uncover their passion and purpose, ensuring they leave MNU prepared to be ministers, nurses, teachers, and leaders.  Our faculty will be equipped to re-imagine teaching methods in a liberal arts setting that addresses the diverse learning styles of 21st century students.  New and in-demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs will be created and infused with relevant, impactful curriculum.  The two primary long-term goals for the academic programs component of Bright Futures are: 

  • Increased culture of effective teaching and transformative student learning
  • Increased faculty understanding of at-risk and diverse learners
Program Success Monitored By
  • Student retention rates and persistence to graduation rates will be measured yearly
  • Student satisfaction surveys on the quality of career counseling services
  • The number of students participating in internship experiences
  • Analysis of student usage of available support services
  • Annual review of curriculum and instructional strategies developed by faculty to meet the diverse learning needs of 21st century students
  • Annual review of high-demand careers compared to undergraduate and graduate degree courses offered
Examples of Program Success

Bright Futures was launched July 1, 2015. Since that time, measurable progress in academic programs has been made in several areas.

  • Since the fall of 2013, traditional freshman retention rates have increased from 63.1% to 68.1% and an additional increase is expected for the fall 2017 semester.
  • In the summer of 2017, the office of Career and Life Calling expanded the Executive Mentor program to include juniors and seniors from all majors.
  • The University implemented a thematic professional development plan for faculty - the 2017-2018 theme is "developing transformational learning communities especially among first generation and diverse student groups."
  • In 2016, the University launched undergraduate minors in computer science and in information systems based on market trend analysis.
By building new facilities, we expand our capacity to serve more students in the future. Through reinvestment in existing facilities, we ensure that our campus is more functional, welcoming, and environmentally responsible.
New Facilities - the centerpiece of the construction projects is a brand new, student center. It will provide a larger and more efficient dining area, an expanded kitchen, and new, collaborative meeting spaces. The Student Center will be the intersection of life and learning. A new athletic complex and 2,000 seat stadium is also planned.
Learning Commons and Technology Upgrades – Renovations to the Mabee Learning Commons will remove physical barriers to access between essential services such as academic support and career counseling. The University will continue to enhance its campus resources and infrastructure through collaborative classroom technology, upgrades to the campus network, and new tools for specific academic programs.
Program Budget $28,109,262.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

MNU is currently planning to break ground on the Student Center construction project in 2019-2020, dependent upon all fundraising commitments being secured. The construction of the new athletic complex is included in the University’s 5-year master plan, but a project initiation date has not yet been set.

  • Increased capacity of the Student Center
  • Developed plans for a top notch athletic complex
  • Increased energy-efficiency across campus
  • Beginning in 2017, a minimum of 25% of undergraduate faculty per year will integrate discipline-specific technology into their instructional practices
  • $20.4 million raised for the Student Center capital project by 2018
Long-Term Success

The successful Bright Futures campaign will better serve our students, faculty, and staff, while giving campus visitors an incredible first impression of MNU.

  • The newly constructed Student Center will create vibrant living-learning communities that forge stronger links between the residential experience and the intellectual life of campus
  • Increased number of student athletes and athletic programs
  • Students will be prepared for the technology demands of today's workplace 
Program Success Monitored By
  • An analysis of the usage of the Student Center during peak and off-peak hours will be conducted on an annual basis
  • Student surveys offering feedback on technology competency
  • Fundraising progress is monitored monthly
Examples of Program Success To date, the design plans for the new Student Center have been well received by numerous groups of University stakeholders, including student focus groups. As of August 2017, approximately 25% of the Student Center fundraising goal has been secured. The entire campus IT infrastructure was completely replaced between 2015 and 2017, including a new fiber ring, increased wireless access points, structured cabling, and network switching initiatives. These infrastructure initiatives resulted in higher bandwidth/speed and increased data storage capacities. It also allows for students and faculty to have multiple personal devices accessing the wireless network.
MNU transforms lives by providing a Christ-centered education that is responsive to the needs of 21st century students. The Bright Futures campaign provides additional support for current operations and endowments that help build MNU’s overall financial strength.
Endowment Support – student scholarships, faculty and academic support, programmatic initiatives, unrestricted uses, and legacy gifts.
Current Operations Support – unrestricted support for current operations is essential for building MNU’s fundamental financial strength and to make our mission a reality.
Program Budget $26,214,328.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Endowment Support

  • Increased endowed scholarship support offered to a greater number of outstanding students whose intellectual abilities and talents will enrich our campus and our future
  • Increased resources available for the development of new courses and transformative academic programs
  • Increase endowment assets by 5% annually from $9,340,540 in 2015 to $11,921,159 in 2020

Current Operations Support

  • Increased flexibility and proactivity to accomplish goals and to quickly respond to an idea or need, allowing MNU to remain as a cutting-edge institution of higher education
  • Increased financial support for grand ideas spanning multiple disciplines
  • Increase alumni giving participation by 5% annually from 7.75% in 2015 to 9.89% in 2020
Long-Term Success

Growing university support will ultimately increase the number of students who attend MNU and will enhance the quality of their experience in meaningful and memorable ways.

Endowment Support

  • Generations of students will have the opportunity to learn and find their calling and vocation in a Christ-centered environment
  • Increased ability for MNU to meet the future challenges and opportunities that will ensure its stability and growth
  • Academic endowments nurture MNU’s culture of teaching and learning

Current Operations

  • The University Fund ensures that MNU can address immediate needs related to operating costs, maintenance, non-endowed scholarships, fine arts, and athletic team support 
Program Success Monitored By

Endowment Support

  • Endowment size per student will be analyzed and compared to peer institutions

Current Operations Support

  • Analysis of annual fund levels year over year
Examples of Program Success Between 2015 and 2017, the endowment permanently restricted assets increased from $8,555,737 to $9,626,566, representing an average 6.11% increase per year, not including investment earnings or temporarily-restricted assets. In 2016, MNU’s endowment assets per undergraduate student was within $2,300 of a peer institution, based on age of institution and undergraduate enrollment. In each of the past five fiscal years, the University has set aggressive fundraising goals to secure charitable gift revenue of $3 million annually. Each year, the University has successfully met this challenge. In 2015, a total of $5,424,390 was raised, and in 2016, a total of $12,306,849 was raised (including at $9 million estate gift). The total raised for current operations in 2016 was $688,952.
CEO Comments

MNU developed its Building Foundations Strategic plan as a framework for planning and assessment of the initiatives and program opportunities necessary to advance the university in a rapidly changing economic and educational environment.  MNU continues to seek alternatives to respond to issues such as affordability, enrollment, accessibility, academic excellence, program assessment, and outcomes.

MNU continues to manage limited resources to achieve its primary goals and objectives which are academic excellence and value added for its students. Enrollment growth and tuition revenues continue to be a challenge as they are with most institutions. Tuition increases have been moderate over recent years and reductions in the operational budget has provided a balanced budget with a contingency margin for the first time in several years.

MNU implemented new processes to recruit and enroll new students to promote growth at both the traditional undergraduate as well as at the professional and graduate levels. New integrated software was installed to provide tracking, improved communications, and support. Digital marketing, social media and expanded advertising efforts have been implemented to reach a new generation of prospective students. The enrollment of a more diverse student body has dramatically improved the university profile to more accurately reflect regional demographics. The Center for Academic and Professional Success serves students through academic support, tutoring career counseling to improve retention and completion.

Our scholarship program increased in scope and size in an effort to help students and families meet college costs with less dependence on loans. Merit and need based aid has helped bridge the gap and improve accessibility.

Tuition and fees have been managed to provide sufficient resources for programs and services; however, rising costs continue to press on limited resources. A “New Horizons” task force was established last year to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of university programs. Included in its report were recommendations to sustain, enhance or reduce programs along with recommendations for new market responsive programs.

New academic programs are being reviewed in an effort to respond to market demand. Currently, programs in Computer Science and Information Technology are being reviewed to respond to the demand for graduates skilled in these areas. Expanded on-line programs extend the reach and ability to serve the needs of a growing population of non-traditional students of all ages.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. David J. Spittal
Term Start Feb 2012
Dr. David Spittal was named president of MidAmerica Nazarene University, effective February 1, 2012. As the former president of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C., he has a rich background in higher education having served for 17 years from 1994-2011. Under his leadership the university expanded its locations to include four learning centers in addition to its main campus. His work led SWU to strengthen and build relationships with the local and regional community.
Dr. Spittal has served in a variety of professional volunteer roles including executive committee vice president for the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, co-chair of the Pickens County South Carolina Vision 2025 Project, commissioner of the South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission and as an on-site accreditation evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
He has also been on the board of directors of the Wesleyan Inverstment Foundation and a member of the General Board of the Weslyan Church International.
Dr. Spittal was educated at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and holds an EdD in educational administration, an M.S. in music education, and a BS in instrumental/vocal music and art education.

A strong proponent of Christian education, he was raised in the Church of the Nazarene, and joined the Wesleyan Church during his tenure in Wesleyan higher education.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Dr. Edwin H. Robinson Nov 2005 - June 2011
Dr. Richard Spindle 1989 - 2005
Senior Staff
Title Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the MNU Foundation

Mr. Jon North accepted the position of Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the MNU Foundation in August, 2010. North, an MNU alumnus (BA ’92, MBA ’94), comes to the University after a significant career at Olathe-based Heart to Heart International, one of the most recognized international health and disaster relief agencies. Mr. North joined Heart to Heart in 1993, serving in various roles for 17 years until being named CEO in 2001. Under North’s leadership, Heart to Heart expanded its relief work around the world and was named to Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top 200 Charities List.”


North is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has participated in leadership initiatives through the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and Vistage International, one of the world’s leading chief executive leadership organizations. In 2005, North was named to Ingram’s magazine’s list of “Top Forty Leaders Under Forty.”


Mr. North’s deep appreciation for his formative years as a student at MNU and his commitment to the future of the University, make him ideally suited for the challenges of resource development.

Title Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Mary Jones rejoined MidAmerica Nazarene University as Provost and Chief Academic Officer in July 2013. Previously, Dr. Jones served ten years as a Vice President for marketing for a local financial institution before joining the business faculty of MNU in 1987. From 2001-2006, Dr. Jones relocated to Nairobi, Kenya where she served as the Chief Academic Officer for Africa Nazarene University. In 2006, she joined the faculty of Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma and in 2008 was appointed the Provost and Chief Academic Officer there. Dr. Jones received her MBA from Rockhurst University and the Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her many years of leadership and administrative experience in higher education are evident.

Title Vice President for Student Development
Mrs. Kristi Keeton received her BA in Social Work from Olivet Nazarene College in 1979 and received her Master's degree from Azusa Pacific University in 1999 in Higher Education, College Student Personnel.
She began work at MNU in 1987 and has held a variety of positions in Student Development:  Resident Educator, Dean of Residential Life, and in February of 2015, assumed the responsibilities of Vice President for Student Development. 
Title Vice President for Finance / CFO
Mr. Darrel Anderson was hired as the University's Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer beginning August 1, 2017. Darrel has over 18 years of experience in the role of VP for Finance / CFO, and over 35 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing industries, state government, and with the service industry. As a direct result of his broad experience base, Mr. Anderson brings unique perspectives to the position at MNU. He brings expertise in budgeting, cost control, performance metrics, and earnings margin analysis and growth the University.
Mr. Andersron has a Master of Accountancy and the Financial Executive certification from the University of Missouri. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 248
Paid Part-Time Staff 81
Volunteers 86
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 87%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 20
Asian American/Pacific Islander 7
Caucasian 265
Hispanic/Latino 15
Native American/American Indian 2
Other 20
Other (Please Specify) Unknown and/or Multiple Ethnicities
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 170
Male 159
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • 2007 - Present:  Project Access with the Olathe School District
  • 2009 - Present:  MNU ServiceCorps in partnership with Heart to Heart International, IC Compassion in Iowa City, Rahab's Hope, Native American Christian Academy and Extreme Nazarene.
  • 2013 - Present:  MNU School of Business in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation to offer FastTrac for entrepreneurs. 
  • 2014 - Present:  MNU Physics department in partnership with the KU Astrophysics Biology Working Group 
  • Ongoing:  MNU Department of Education collaborates with local districts and schools to provide Clinical Mentoring Team (CMT) members to teacher candidates.  The CMT, a teaching excellence team, mentors candidates in the field during practica and student teaching.  Currently, MNU partners with approximately 16 districts and schools, providing 200 mentors for future teachers. 
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)0
Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)0
External Assessment and Accreditations
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation0
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education - Accreditation2005
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education - 10 Year Accreditation0
National Association of Schools of Music - Accreditation0
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)2014
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)2017
Ranked No. 4 in Top Ten Best Colleges and Universities in KansasCollege Consensus2017
Ranked No. 1 in Kansas among public and private colleges and universitiesMoney's Best Colleges2015
Certificate of Excellence in recognition of the nursing program’s pass rate that was above the national average for first-time takers of the NCLEX-RN licensing examination.Kansas State Board of Nursing0
MNU's Chi Eta Chapter was awarded the Presidential Call to Action Awards for Lifelong Learning, Philanthropy, and AdvocacyInternational Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International2017
One of 10 participants in the Networked Improvement Community, aimed at increasing the diversity of the teacher candidate pool by recruiting more Black and Hispanic men into teacher candidate programsAmerican Association for Colleges of Teacher Education0
Listed among Top 25 Area Nursing ProgramsIngram's Magazine2010
2010 President's Higher Education Honor Roll for engaging students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the communityCorporation for National and Community Service2011
Gold Institution - Five Star Champion of Character Institution in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotionNAIA Character Advisory Committee2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

The greatest challenges for colleges and universities is the volatile and rapidly changing economic and demographic landscape in the student marketplace and the demand to meet employer needs. MNU has sustained its momentum and progress despite several years of severe economic and enrollment setbacks and has achieved steady progress both academically and financially. Uncertainty related to federal and state regulations, compliance costs and a decreased pool of students has combined with greater competition, fewer students and historic changes in student expectations and needs.

The university is actively seeking new opportunities and collaborations that will enhance programs and connections with regional employers and educational institutions. MNU has established partnerships and articulation agreements with regional community colleges and is pursuing new opportunities for collaboration with K-State’s Olathe Technology Center. A new relationship has developed with the Nazarene Bible College to provide its library support and resources services. New connections with area school districts, manufacturers, health care providers, technology and business has resulted in new opportunities for internships, mentoring and the enrollment of their employees in university programs.

Innovative approaches are being pursued and new non-tuition sources for the required funding to implement these programs will be essential. In an era of limited resources and cost containment, grants and donor support continues to be necessary to provide the venture capital necessary. The Bright Futures Campaign for MNU includes development of new program initiatives.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Larry McIntire
Company Affiliation McIntire Ear, Nose and Throat Center
Term Nov 2009 to Nov 2019
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Rev. Michael Palmer
Company Affiliation Missouri District Church of the Nazarene
Board Members
Rev. Joel Atwell Spring Hill (KS) Community Church of the Nazarene
Rev. Mark J. Bane Joplin District Church of the Nazarene
Rev. Jake Blankenship Jefferson City Church of the Nazarene
Rev. Jim C. Bond Kansas District Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Allen K. Brown Self-Employed
Mr. Tim Buchanan Legend Senior Living
Mr. Ervin Cash Sloan LED
Rev. Daniel W. Cole Omaha (NE) Central Church of the Nazarene
Mrs. Terri L. Comfort Professional Radiology Services, Inc.
Dr. Merrill R. Conant Family Practice Associates of Western Kansas
Mr. Chad Cook Cook Law Group, LLC
Dr. Vicki Copp Overland Park Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Robert Cossins Self-Employed
Mr. Keith Cox North American Savings Bank/NASB Financial
Mr. John Dahl Self Employed
Dr. Deanna Edwards Physicians Clinic
Rev. Leray D. Glendenning Greater Life Community Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Gregory A. Hephner Hephner TV & Electronics, Inc.
Rev. Steven P. Hoffman Prairie Lakes District Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Darrel Johnson White and Johnson, LLC
Dr. Glenn Kell University of Iowa
Dr. Larry McIntire McIntire Ear, Nose and Throat Center
Mr. Eldon Meyers K & H Energy
Rev. Fred Morrison Valley City (ND) Church of the Nazarene
Rev. Michael Palmer Missouri District Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Daniel D. Rexroth John Knox Village
Dr. Jeren Rowell Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene
Dr. Julie E. Samuels Pittsburg State University
Mr. Kim Smith Iowa District Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Philip D. Speicher Mathis, Marifian and Richter, LTD
Dr. David J. Spittal President of the University
Ms. Tia Strait Missouri Southern State University
Rev. Fred Toomey Springfield (MO) Scenic Church of the Nazarene
Dr. Brent Van Hook Wichita First Church of the Nazarene
Dr. N. Jeannie Williams Quality Group of Companies
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 35
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 29
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 97%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 9%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Academic Affairs
Student Affairs
Advisory Board Members
Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Gail Buchanan CEO, Legend Senior Living
Mr. Erv Cash President / CEO, SloanLED
Dr. Merrill Conant Chair, MNU University Advancement Committee
Mr. Chad Cook Attorney, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne
Mr. Mike Copeland Mayor, City of Olathe
Mr. Bob Crew Partner, Triune Financial Partners
Drs. Paul and Connie Cunningham Honorary Campaign Chairs
Mr. Frank Devocelle President / CEO, Olathe Health System
Dr. Robert Drummond CEO, Global Education Plus
Dr. and Mrs. Chris and Janet Halovorson Friends of MidAmerica Nazarene University
Mr. Michael Major Chair, MNU Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Larry McIntire Chair, MNU Board of Trustees
Mr. Tim McKee CEO, Olathe Chamber of Commerce
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel and JoAnne Rexroth CEO, John Knox Village
Mr. John Staton Sr. Vice President, Olathe Health System
Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Madeline Tollefson Owners, A.G. Tollefosn & Company
CEO Comments

The University Board of Trustees and its leadership are committed to a development and training process that keeps them informed of current trends in higher education both at the national and state level.  In addition, the process for the selection of trustees was significantly modified in 2012 with a focus on increased levels of professional expertise in each area of board governance responsibility.  Board members are provided regular updates, communications and opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and students.

University trustees have consistently supported the university financially through their own annual giving and are highly involved in the current Bright Futures Campaign for MNU. The university board includes seven district leaders from the university’s seven state service region who oversee over $1.3 MM in support for regional churches.

The leadership of the Board is skilled, focused and has actively promoted and pursued the goals and objectives established for the advancement of the university.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $33,884,562
Projected Expenses $32,851,079
Endowment Value $8,860,412
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 3.5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,835,372$994,814$1,448,538
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,857$6,161$1,992
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$9,047$5,483$130
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$40,218,873$40,252,855$38,534,633
Administration Expense$4,921,583$2,322,156$3,428,422
Fundraising Expense$986,376$1,045,979$1,560,432
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.170.910.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%92%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%101%77%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$47,295,553$40,073,389$43,477,442
Current Assets$8,167,005$5,360,434$7,332,255
Long-Term Liabilities$23,625,737$24,796,240$23,889,426
Current Liabilities$3,026,999$2,650,546$2,819,024
Total Net Assets$20,642,817$12,626,603$16,768,992
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.702.022.60
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets50%62%55%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $8,950,928Anonymous $2,693,243 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $3,127,840Anonymous $723,360 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $2,702,864 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose MNU's capital campaign will develop resources to support new academic programs, capital projects, including a student center and technology infrastructure, and endowment.
Goal $61,312,633.00
Dates July 2015 to June 2020
Amount Raised to Date $31,636,945.00 as of Aug 2017
Organization Comments

MidAmerica Nazarene University has, as have many small private colleges and universities, faced challenging times over the last decade. Changes in enrollment and the ever increasing costs associated with providing education have put financial pressures on the industry to which MNU is not immune. MNU has benefited from a strong and loyal support base that has helped it through these times and positioned it for the future.

In the face of several years of operating losses, MNU has benefited from generous donations and grants. One of the most significant of these was a Title III grant that is allowing the university to invest roughly $10 million, over five years, in infrastructure and services that provide high value to our students. These investments aid in attracting and retaining students and ultimately lay the foundation for increasing the financial stability of the organization.

Over the last nine years, in the face of operational losses, the university has increased its debt to provide quality education to its students. During the past fiscal year, the university received a generous estate gift with a value of over $9 million. That gift was allocated entirely to debt reduction, with the goal of developing plans to restructure its debt in a manner that is aligned with future goals, providing financial stability, and positioning MNU to continue servicing the community for years to come.

MNU’s leadership team believes that the improvements that have been made to the infrastructure, course offerings, academic and career services, and the improvements in its financial management will create a synergy that ensures that MNU will be a thriving educational institution and a key contributor to the community.

Organization Name MidAmerica Nazarene University
Address 2030 E College Way
Olathe, KS 660621899
Primary Phone (913) 971-3600
Contact Email president@mnu.edu
CEO/Executive Director Dr. David J. Spittal
Board Chair Dr. Larry McIntire
Board Chair Company Affiliation McIntire Ear, Nose and Throat Center
Year of Incorporation 1966