MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 E College Way
Olathe KS 66062-1899
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 971-3600
Fax 913- 971-3413
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 Rev. Jim Bond
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kansas District Church of the Nazarene
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1966
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations may be mailed to the following address:
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Office of University Advancement 
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062
Online gifts may be made securely at http://www.mnu.edu/give-online.   
To make a donation by phone or to discuss an in-kind gift, please call 913-971-3600.
MidAmerica Nazarene University welcomes community volunteers.  Opportunities for a variety of talents and services include, but are not limited to the following:
  • serving as a mentor to undergraduate students;
  • academic tutoring in a variety of subjects;
  • administrative support in campus offices;
  • special event coordination; and,
  • serving on an advisory committee.

To learn more about volunteering at MNU, please contact our office of Alumni and Friends at 913-971-3605 or by email at alumni@mnu.edu.

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 1,882.  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, kinesiology, nursing, psychology, and ministry.  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
Driven by its distinctive vision to impact the world through servant leaders who are recognized for their excellence and integrity, MNU continues to innovate and grow in all areas of the campus. With that in mind, listed below are recent accomplishments for MNU.
  • Money magazine selected MNU for their 2019 Best Colleges List (3rd consecutive year);
  • U.S. News & World Report selected MNU for their 2019 U.S. News Best Regional University Midwest list;
  • BestColleges.com recognized MNU in their 2018 Best Online Colleges and University in Kansas for 2018;
  • The Nursing program was ranked as a Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans and a Best Nursing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 2019 by CollegeFactual.com; and,
  • The Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing program ranked #1 for Paramedic to RN Program 2019 for RegisteredNursing.org
The following goals have been established for the 2019- 2020 academic year:
  • Successfully complete the university's re-accreditation through the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • Successfully complete the $20 million Student Center fundraising goal and unlock the $1 million Mabee Foundation Challenge Grant;
  • Create a new 5-year strategic plan for 2020 - 2025; and,
  • Begin classes in January 2020 for the Master of Science in Nursing Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program.
Needs Statement
  • Capital Support for the new Student Center - $3,300,000: Remaining amount needed to complete the fundraising for the construction of the new Student Center and to unlock a $1 million Mabee Foundation Challenge Grant.
  • Unrestricted Support for the Annual Fund - $300,000: 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 - $250,000: 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
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
MidAmerica Nazarene University is grateful for those who support this great university and help us thrive. We are a Christian university that nurtures Christ-like community, pursues academic excellence and cultivates a passion to serve. These commitments are rooted in three of our most enduring values.
First, we have a pioneering spirit which values innovation both inside and outside the classroom. It creates hands-on learning opportunities in each major. This value makes our graduates highly sought after in the workforce. We are responding every year to the demands of the market place by enhancing our degrees and adding new ones. For example, this year we are implementing our new Masters of Science in Nursing Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program.
Secondly, we are helping our students to live purposeful lives. We believe a quality education extends beyond the classroom. We want our graduates to find joy in living a purposeful life. We see great transformation in the lives of our graduates mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  At MNU, there is great opportunity to connect with mentors and other students in a safe community.
Lastly, we value service to others and the world. At MidAmerica, our students are challenged to live a life of servant leadership. We can find our greatest joy in serving others right here in the Kansas City metro and around the world. Serve teams are organized and lead mission trips both locally and around the world.
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 we have made significant progress in these areas.  We hope to break ground in 2020 on a new student center and bolster our student scholarships.  In addition, we are proud of our Pioneer Pledge, which promises to help pay student loans if a graduate does not secure employment with an annual income above $43,000.
Description Building on the remarkable progress made during MNU’s history, and guided by our five-year Building Foundations: Growing Forward strategic plan, MNU launched the comprehensive, multi-year $61.3 million Bright Futures campaign. The first priority of the Bright Futures campaign is Academic Programs. This component of the campaign created a Center for Academic and Professional Success, expanded student academic support services, equipped students for successful careers, engaged our faculty in systematic professional development, and developed 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

The Bright Futures campaign 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 67.0%.
  • The office of Career and Life Calling, in conjunction with academic departments, has been working to expand awareness of internships and jobs. Last year, 75 internships and over 500 jobs were posted to our student e-platform.
  • Students participation in tutoring/academic support services continues to increase, with over 1,800 visits in recent years.
  • In the fall of 2018, MNU launched two new undergraduate majors in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.
  • The Master of Science in Elementary Education Unified Program recently launched providing expertise in both elementary education and special education.
  • The traditional Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major now offers three tracks:  software development, scientific computing, and big data/data science.
  • The university’s faculty development efforts continue to focus on creating engaging learning environments and preparing students for both traditional and emerging careers. 
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 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 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 million raised for the Student Center capital project by January 8, 2020.
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 September 2019, over 83% of the $20 million 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 quality 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 in excess of 5% annually from $9,340,540 in 2015 to over $13,000,000 in 2020

Current Operations Support

  • Increased flexibility and proactive approaches 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 student focused 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 2019, the endowment permanently restricted assets increased from $8,555,737 to $13,619,451. 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. During FY 2019, the amount received through charitable gift revenue and grant income totaled $7,853,446.  
CEO Comments
MidAmerica Nazarene University continues to pursue the goals of its strategic plan called Building Foundations: For a New Generation.  The vision for the future of the university is dynamic and is constantly being reviewed to assure alignment with the changing needs of students and the rapidly changing employment landscape.
The academic governance structure has been revised to form three administrative units consisting of College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. The goal of this realignment is to improve efficiency and promote greater collaboration between various academic departments and their program offerings.
Based on a program review called “New Horizons”, all marketing and student recruitment operations have been redesigned to function as an integrated unit under the leadership of the Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment. This is a new cabinet level position responsible for student recruitment, admissions functions, brand management and marketing strategy.
Enrollment growth, fiscal sustainability and adaptive strategies remain the focus of MNU’s ongoing commitment to meet the needs of students and sustain affordability and accessibility for the future.  The university seeks to develop a culture of continuous improvement and its ongoing program and services review process is intended to develop new and innovative ways to serve students with excellence and quality in all areas of the university.
A study of university physical facilities indicated that a new campus center for student services and support was the highest priority. The new campus center will allow the university to more effectively serve the entire student body including first generation college students, minority students, as well as low-income students.
A $61 million capital campaign called “Bright Futures” has generated funds to renovate the library learning center, enhance technology infrastructure, student support services and fund the construction of a new student center.  As of September 2019, approximately $16.7 million has been raised for the $20 million campus center project with groundbreaking scheduled for 2020.
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.

Former CEOs
Dr. Edwin H. RobinsonNov 2005 - June 2011
Dr. Richard Spindle1989 - 2005
Senior Staff
Title Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Damron has served as MNU's Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Chief Academic Officer since 2019.  She received her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Dr. Damron completed her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

 Dr. Damron has an extensive career in the field of education.  She taught high school social studies for 8 years, coordinated social studies and diversity for K-12 for four years, served as a professor and Chair of MNU's Teacher Education Department, and served as Dean of MNU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Title Vice President for Finance / CFO
Mr. Darrel Anderson was hired as the University's Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer in August, 2017. Anderson 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. 
Title Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the MNU Foundation

Dr. Jon North accepted the position of Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the MNU Foundation in August, 2010. Dr. North received his Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.  In addition, he earned his Master of Business Administration degree and his Bachelor of Arts degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University.  He came 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 Vice President for Strategic Expansion
Dr. Ford holds several academic degrees including his Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania,  a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Law, an MBA from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Since 1990, Dr. Mark Ford has served MidAmerica Nazarene University in a variety of ways and used his background and experience to help the institution launch new programs and grow revenue. From 1990 to 1997, he taught traditional Accounting and Business students. He then chaired MNU's Business Division for ten years before becoming Associate Academic Vice President where he guided the institution through regional accreditation and had responsibility for a broad array of curriculum and instruction, academic support service, institutional effectiveness, and legal compliance functions. Today, he leads strategic expansion of professional, graduate, and online programs and operations at MNU. 
Title Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment
Mr. Brockmeier earned his MBA from Harvard University and his Bachelors in Mathematics from Truman State University.  He has extensive experience in marketing and advertising with a focus on strategic planning, integrated digital marketing and performance data analytics.  He has also served as adjunct professor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rockhurst University in strategic management, business leadership, marketing and marketing research.
Mr. Brockmeier has worked for Hallmark Cards, Kraft Foods and American Italian Pasta Co.  He has also served as senior vice president of marketing strategy at Barkely Advertising, and marketing strategy officer for Bernstein-Rein Advertising.  Prior to joining MNU, he served a principal for Precision Marketing. 
Title Vice President for Student Development
Mrs. Kristi Keeton received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Olivet Nazarene College in 1979 and received her Master of Higher Education, College Student Personnel degree from Azusa Pacific University in 1999.
She began work at MNU in 1987 and has held a variety of positions in Student Development including Resident Educator, Dean of Residential Life, and in February of 2015, assumed the responsibilities of Vice President for Student Development. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 294
Paid Part-Time Staff 252
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 75
Retention Rate 90%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 20
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 245
Hispanic/Latino 11
Native American/American Indian 3
Other 15
Other (Please Specify) Unknown and/or Multiple Ethnicities
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 156
Male 138
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, Native American Christian Academy, and The Hope Center (Kansas City, MO).
  • 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 practicums 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
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP)0
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education - Accreditation0
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)2017
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)2014
National Association of Schools of Music - Accreditation0
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education - 10 Year Accreditation0
Ranked as a Top Midwest University on the Top Regional Universities ListU.S. News and World Report0
Ranked among the highest in the state of Kansas on the Best Colleges ListMoney Magazine0
Ranked as a Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans and a Best Nursing Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsCollegeFactual.com2019
Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program ranked #1 for Paramedic to RN ProgramRegisteredNursing.org2019
Ranked among Top 25 Affordable Master's Nursing Online DegreesAffordableSchools.net2019
Top 15 Online Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Master's ProgramHealthcare-Management-Degree.net2019
Ranked among Top Ten Best Colleges and Universities in KansasCollege Consensus0
Recognized among Best Online Colleges in KansasBestColleges.com2018
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
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
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
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
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
Colleges and universities are challenged by a volatile and rapidly changing economic and demographic landscape. To meet these challenges MNU and its leadership is focused on innovation, adaptability and forward momentum. The university has achieved steady progress both academically and financially through prudent management of resources and a philosophy that seeks new opportunities and innovative approaches.
The university is actively seeking new options and collaborations that will enhance programs and establish working relationships with local government, business, industry and education. Internships, mentoring and interactive learning are critical components of the developmental and growth strategy.
New non-tuition sources of revenue and the development of resources necessary to support new and innovative ventures will continue to be a primary goal. In an environment of rapid change and limited resources, leadership will provide an atmosphere of collaboration, adaptability and a shared vision for the future.
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev. Jim Bond
Company Affiliation Kansas District Church of the Nazarene
Term Nov 2017 to Nov 2021
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Dr. Tia Strait
Company Affiliation Missouri Southern State University
Term Nov 2017 to Nov 2021
Board Members
Ms. Donna BoeseGarden City Community College
Rev. Jim C. BondKansas District Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Allen K. BrownSelf-Employed
Mr. Tim BuchananLegend Senior Living
Mr. Ervin CashSloan LED
Rev. Daniel W. ColeOmaha (NE) Central Church of the Nazarene
Mrs. Terri L. ComfortProfessional Radiology Services, Inc.
Dr. Merrill R. ConantFamily Practice Associates of Western Kansas
Mr. Chad CookCook Law Group, LLC
Mr. Keith CoxNorth American Savings Bank/NASB Financial
Mr. John DahlSelf Employed
Rev. Scott DermerWebster Groves Church of the Nazarene
Dr. Deanna EdwardsPhysicians Clinic
Mr. Eddie EstepKansas City District Church of the Nazarene
Rev. Leray D. GlendenningGreater Life Community Church of the Nazarene
Ms. Robin HammannPella Community School District
Mr. Gregory A. HephnerHephner TV & Electronics, Inc.
Rev. Steven P. HoffmanPrairie Lakes District Church of the Nazarene
Dr. Glenn KellUniversity of Iowa
Rev. Dustin Ledford
Dr. Larry McIntireMcIntire Ear, Nose and Throat Center
Rev. Fred MorrisonValley City (ND) Church of the Nazarene
Rev. Michael PalmerMissouri District Church of the Nazarene
Rev. Kent Pedersen
Mr. Daniel D. RexrothJohn Knox Village
Dr. Phil RhoadesJoplin District Church of the Nazarene
Dr. Branson Roberts Jr.
Rev. Shawn Siegfreid
Mr. Kim SmithIowa District Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Philip D. SpeicherMathis, Marifian and Richter, LTD
Dr. David J. SpittalPresident of the University
Ms. Tia StraitMissouri Southern State University
Rev. Fred ToomeySpringfield (MO) Scenic Church of the Nazarene
Dr. N. Jeannie WilliamsQuality Group of Companies
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 34
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 28
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 87%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 94%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
Academic Affairs
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Student Affairs
Board Development / Board Orientation
Advisory Board Members
Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Gail BuchananCEO, Legend Senior Living
Mr. Ervin CashOperating Partner, The Riverside Company
Dr. Merrill ConantChair, MNU University Advancement Committee
Mr. Chad CookAttorney, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne
Mr. Mike CopelandMayor, City of Olathe
Mr. Bob CrewPartner, Triune Financial Partners
Drs. Paul and Connie CunninghamHonorary Campaign Chairs
Mr. Frank DevocellePresident / CEO, Olathe Health System
Dr. Robert DrummondCEO, Global Education Plus
Dr. and Mrs. Chris and Janet HalovorsonFriends of MidAmerica Nazarene University
Mr. Michael MajorChair, MNU Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Larry McIntireChair, MNU Board of Trustees
Mr. Tim McKeeCEO, Olathe Chamber of Commerce
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel and JoAnne RexrothCEO, John Knox Village
Mr. John StatonSr. Vice President, Olathe Health System
Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Madeline TollefsonOwners, A.G. Tollefosn & Company
CEO Comments
The University Board of Trustees is committed to the dynamic and vibrant mission of the university which is to provide transformational experiences, excellence in teaching and learning, and accessibility for students regardless of age or delivery system. Based on a strong belief in lifelong learning, trustees are supportive of new and innovative approaches to interactive and collaborative education.
Trustees continue to actively support the university through its annual fund and the $61 million Bright Futures Capital Campaign. The university is supported by regional churches with annual contributions over $1.2 million dollars which are utilized to support comprehensive student scholarship programs.
The Board of Trustees has continued to pursue development opportunities that increase knowledge and understanding of the changing nature of higher education. Each member brings unique expertise to the Board which is applicable to their specific standing committee assignment. The members of the Board are visionary and are committed to innovation and the development of advanced approaches to teaching and learning that are relevant in a rapidly changing environment. However, they continue to maintain a focus on the core mission and purposes of the university.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $32,897,714
Projected Expenses $33,297,171
Endowment Value $13,619,451
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 3.5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,721,784$2,163,352$2,835,372
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,468$11,275$3,857
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$16,582$592$9,047
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$43,870,553$41,583,491$40,218,873
Administration Expense$2,923,527$4,421,244$4,921,583
Fundraising Expense$1,254,382$1,382,904$986,376
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.961.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%88%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$37,247,985$38,390,843$47,295,553
Current Assets$3,438,412$3,375,673$8,167,005
Long-Term Liabilities$17,420,364$16,781,888$23,625,737
Current Liabilities$2,350,921$2,857,560$3,026,999
Total Net Assets$17,476,700$18,751,395$20,642,817
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.461.182.70
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets47%44%50%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $8,950,928
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $3,127,840
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $2,702,864
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose MNU's current $61.3 million capital campaign focuses on the development of 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 $50,500,000.00 as of Sept 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
MidAmerica Nazarene University has, as have most small private colleges and universities, faced challenging times over the last decade.  Enrollment obstacles and the ever-increasing costs associated with providing quality education have put financial pressures on the industry to which MNU is not immune.  MNU has benefited though 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  federal 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 assist in attracting and retaining students and ultimately lay the foundation for increasing the financial stability of the organization.
Despite budget challenges, the university upgraded the exterior and interior campus lighting, not only improving the campus appearance and security, but also reducing utility costs by an estimated $200,000 annually.  Furthermore, the university replaced an out-of-date phone system with a new state-of-the-art system, even while realizing a positive impact on cash flow.  The ongoing financial turnaround, in conjunction with significant debt reduction accomplished over recent years, allowed the university to  refinance its long-term debt on more advantageous terms.
MNU's leadership team believes the improvements made over the past several years 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 strong contributor to the community.
Other Documents
Bright Futures Campaign Viewbook2017View
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 Rev. Jim Bond
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kansas District Church of the Nazarene
Year of Incorporation 1966