Rockhurst University
Rockhurst University
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City MO 64110
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 501-4000
Mission Statement
Rockhurst University exists to transform lives by creating a learning community centered on excellence in undergraduate liberal education and graduate education. Rockhurst is Catholic and Jesuit, involved in the life and growth of the city and the region, and committed to the service of the contemporary world.
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Thomas B. Curran S.J.
Board Chair Dr. Kermit J. Fendler Pharm.D
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Leader
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1910
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Rockhurst University exists to transform lives by creating a learning community centered on excellence in undergraduate liberal education and graduate education. Rockhurst is Catholic and Jesuit, involved in the life and growth of the city and the region, and committed to the service of the contemporary world.
Background Statement Rockhurst University was founded in Kansas City in 1910, and college classes began in 1917. Critical in developing leaders that shape societies, Jesuit universities are renowned for academic excellence and a commitment to ethics, justice and service to others - and Rockhurst University exemplifies these qualities. The 450-year old Jesuit tradition of focusing on individual dignity runs through the curriculum, which is based on the seven classical modes of inquiry: artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific relational and scientific causal. A commitment to academic excellence, leadership and community service has guided Rockhurst University's course. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs feature the lifelong liberal arts learning approach that is a hallmark of Jesuit education. In classrooms, on playing fields and in extracurricular activities, our Jesuit heritage helps our students experience activities where they take responsibility for developing their own gifts, and those of others around them.
Impact Statement

As we continue to move forward with our strategic plan for 2013-2017, we are pleased to report progress and noteworthy achievements from the past 12 months. Each reflects positive movement toward our shared vision and offers encouraging news as we remain focused upon our vision, rooted in our mission and guided by our six core Jesuit values.

  • Rockhurst University’s new academic building, Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Hall, opened in the fall of 2015 and is now home to classrooms, faculty offices, a coffee shop and a 500-seat auditorium. Symbolizing the core value of wisdom, this building is a source of pride for both the Rockhurst campus and surrounding community. 
  • Additionally, the University opened its new Rockhurst University Row Housing in August 2016. This is the latest addition to the University’s student living options — two fourplex townhome-style units located on the south side of campus each housing up to 16 residents. “Rock Row” is available to upperclassmen and was developed with input from students and neighbors.
  • Loyola Park baseball field was upgraded with lighted and heated concrete dugouts and a new backstop with a safety net that provides a better view of the field. 
  • The University’s gross anatomy lab was renovated and upgraded with new technology including the ability to record and broadcast class sessions throughout the lab.
  • The University welcomed over 400 new freshman and 53 new transfer/readmit students in the fall of 2016. The retention rate of freshman to sophomores is 85%.
  • The Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity, a partnership with United Way, Catholic Charities of Kansas City/St. Joseph, Full Employment Council and LISC, celebrated the completion of its fourth year in June. The Prosperity Center is open to the public and focuses on improving the financial bottom line for low-to-moderate income families, helping them to change their financial behavior in a way that encourages long-term commitment to building a bright financial future. During this past year of operation, the Prosperity Center served more than 130 individuals, and assisted 33 people in finding jobs and raised the net income of 65 individuals. More than 49 clients have improved their credit scores, thereby increasing opportunities for their futures and adding to economic growth.

Needs Statement Rockhurst University continues its efforts to grow our endowment and raise funds for scholarships and capital improvements. 
Service Categories
Graduate & Professional Schools
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement In June of 2013, the Rockhurst University Board of Trustees approved a strategic plan that will guide the University from 2013 to 2017 and beyond. True to our Jesuit identity and steadfast in our commitment to educating the whole person, this plan includes innovative global learning initiatives and emphasizes leader formation as well as addresses academic and residential facilities. Achieving and maintaining financial stability will always be a priority for Rockhurst University. As we begin implementing the projects and programs of the strategic plan, we will carefully assess internal capacity and potential external philanthropic partnerships to ensure fiscal responsibility. As Rockhurst moves into the next five years of the strategic plan,  I am confident that the significant impact of this university on our community will only increase.
Description Scholarships provide the resources necessary to support students in need, ensuring that those who show a desire to learn will have the opportunity. Through scholarships, Rockhurst University provides over $1 million in tuition assistance annually. Approximately 95% of all Rockhurst undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.
Category Education, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The immediate impact of scholarship support is to enable students who would not otherwise be able to afford a college education to come to Rockhurst University. In addition, through scholarships students are recognized for their achievements, raising their self-esteem and confidence in their abilities.
Long-Term Success

In addition to providing the means to attend college, scholarships inspire students to give back, continuing the Jesuit tradition of being men and women for others. The long-term impact is to provide opportunities for personal and professional success ultimately benefiting our community as a whole, as college educated men and women are more likely to vote, participate in civic affairs, perform community service and have more involvement in their children’s education.

Program Success Monitored By Student counselors and mentors provide anecdotal and statistical information to determine success.
Examples of Program Success Over $1.3M was awarded through endowed and sponsored scholarships to students needing financial assistance during academic year 2015-16. Approximately 95% of Rockhurst students receive some sort of financial aid.
Description Rockhurst undergraduate students benefit from the Liberal Core Curriculum which reflects the Jesuit ideal of a well-rounded education and the development of inquisitive life-long learners. Students learn the fundamental intellectual skills and methods or modes of inquiry, employed in the pursuit of knowledge, to cultivate a broad range of intellectual abilities.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Students learn the tools necessary to be ethical practitioners in their chosen professions.
Long-Term Success Sustained enrollment and retention rates; Rockhurst graduates representing ethical practitioners in their chosen fields.
Program Success Monitored By Enrollment, retention and graduation rates.
Examples of Program Success

97.4% of Rockhurst graduates go on to accept jobs or enter graduate school within six months of graduation.

Another indicator of student satisfaction and engagement for Rockhurst has been our retention rate. Over the last several years our retention of freshmen to sophomores has steadily grown to an average of 85% which is significantly higher than the 73% national average and 68% average for public institutions.  This translates to more students successfully achieving their academic dreams at Rockhurst. The sophomore-to-junior cohort retention average is currently 80% (at least 7% above our historical average).

Description The Center for Arts & Letters is comprised of 14 arts programs, including Musica Sacra and Visiting Scholars Lecture Series. The Center’s mission is to provide these organizations with coordination, advocacy and support, and to function as a central resource for the University’s cultural life. The Center enhances the lives of urban residents through the arts, and strengthens the urban core as a vibrant arts district.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success Cultural activities at Rockhurst provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to confront the issues that challenge them as intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social and artistic human beings. Coordinated by Rockhurst’s Center for Arts and Letters, these activities embody the Jesuit’s purpose of bringing people together to keep alive the love of learning.
Long-Term Success Rockhurst is proud to expand the cultural and intellectual heart of Kansas City to the neighborhood east of Troost. Our commitment to crossing boundaries in order to build community and actively engage our community’s participation in lifelong learning – whether it be through intellectual dialogue or enjoyment of the performing arts – is central to what it means to be a Jesuit educational institution of higher learning. The success of this undertaking can be seen in the breadth and diversity of our audience for the arts.
Program Success Monitored By Program progress is monitored through attendance and audience feedback.
Examples of Program Success The Center for Arts & Letters at Rockhurst University recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary and continues to offer an expansive schedule of events including lectures, performing and visual arts, readings, music, films and discussions. Attendance has steadily grown over the years, and audience demand has brought about an increase in program frequency. Attendees represent the broad socio-economic spectrum of the city.
Description The Community Center serves the needs of neighborhood families and businesses. In partnership with local nonprofit organizations, the Community Center offers programs addressing the concerns of education, poverty, racial division and violence. The Center for Service Learning empowers individuals to move toward social action, engaging the Rockhurst community in a process that combines preparation and reflection with community service to create awareness and solutions to social problems.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success Urban core youth participate in educational and recreational activities in a safe and secure environment at the Community Center, decreasing the opportunity for negative influences and behaviors. Students, faculty and area nonprofit organizations are able to mutually benefit from service opportunities through the Center for Service Learning.
Long-Term Success Rockhurst’s Community Center fosters an environment where youth and families can feel a sense of security, belonging and commitment to the community. Rockhurst’s Center for Service Learning is an innovative student service program that targets Kansas City’s priority needs. While at Rockhurst, students experience long-term service projects with area nonprofits, further instilling the Jesuit tradition of service for others and an understanding of the importance and value of a life-long commitment to service. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to carry on this new culture of service, forever changing the impact of volunteerism in Kansas City.
Program Success Monitored By Semester reports of Community Center usage are compiled to assure the programs are needed and successful in serving the targeted population. For the Center for Service Learning, students and faculty receive a pre-service questionnaire to determine their service interests and level of commitment - a crucial component in making a successful match with an organization. Students and faculty will receive a post-service questionnaire at the end of the service period to gauge satisfaction with the service experience and the program. Further, student learning through service learning is assessed through journal entries, presentations, reflective papers, class discussions, and student surveys. Students will also work with faculty and staff to reflect upon their experiences and to help them apply the lessons learned to their own development.
Examples of Program Success

The community center has continued to grow in popularity and continues to provide free meeting space for nonprofit community agencies, civic groups, school district affiliated groups, and neighborhood organizations. Annually, the community center averages over 13,000 visitors and over 200 local organizations take advantage of the free gathering space.

Students perform over 30,000 hours of service each year with 200 organizations. 85% of students take part in service activities throughout their time at Rockhurst.


The Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity is located on the Rockhurst University campus. We are in partnership with Catholic Charities, Full Employment Council, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Heart of America United Way in seeking to serve as a resource for clients needing financial literacy assistance, job coaching and placement and income support assistance. The Prosperity Center is open to the public and focuses on improving the financial bottom line for low-to-moderate income families, helping them to change their financial behavior in a way that encourages long-term commitment to building a bright financial future.

Category Human Services, General/Other Financial Counseling
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success

When the Prosperity Center model opportunity was first presented, Rockhurst thought we would impact the lives of people solely residing in the urban core. Now we are providing services for people throughout the Kansas City region. Though we’re located in the heart of the urban core we provide services to a diverse clientele from two states, 36 zip codes across the region, from 16 cities, from urban, suburban and rural, affluent and economically depressed neighborhoods. Most importantly, we’ve helped more than 100 people reach key milestones on the pathway of achieving financial freedom in our first year.

Long-Term Success The mission of the Prosperity Center applies an integrated approach, financial coaching, career guidance and access to community resources to empower individuals and families to make positive choices toward their financial goals to achieve economic freedom.
Program Success Monitored By

The Prosperity Center model measures success by changes in participant net income, credit score, long-term job retention, and net worth over time.In the model, employment services, financial coaching, and income supports access are integrated and delivered to clients in a bundled fashion in order to provide a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building.

Examples of Program Success

Program goals and outcomes for the past academic year of operation (FY 15-16) were as follows:

Goal #1: At least 132 clients will receive at least two out of three core services (employment services, financial coaching, and income supports access).

Outcome: 130 completed which is 98% of goal

Goal #2: The Center will complete a combined financial assessment for 80% of all clients (106 clients) who meet more than once with a coach and receive at least two core services. (A financial assessment consists of the development of a budget, credit report and a personal balance sheet.)

Outcome: 110 completed which is 104% of goal

Goal #3: A minimum of 40% of all Prosperity Center clients (53 clients) who meet with a financial counselor more than once will improve their credit scores.

Outcome: 49 completed which is 92% of goal
Goal #4: Increase the net income of 25% of Prosperity Center clients (33 clients).
Outcome: 65 individuals increased their net income which is 197% of goal
CEO Comments The heart of Rockhurst University is its students. From academic programs and capital projects to the arts and service in our community, all Rockhurst programs are developed in consideration of the needs of our students whom we form as leaders and invite to a transformation that will result in them becoming men and women for others.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Thomas B. Curran S.J.
Term Start June 2006

The Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., began his tenure as the 14th president of Rockhurst University June 1, 2006. Fr. Curran was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1984. In late 2011, he entered a three-year transitional period as part of the process to become a member of the "least society" – the Jesuits. In May 2015, Fr. Curran made his final vows to complete the process and was fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Before joining Rockhurst, Fr. Curran was the associate vice president for university relations and assistant to the president at Regis University in Denver. Fr. Curran has also served as founder and executive director of Nativity Preparatory School in Wilmington, Delaware, president of Salesianum School in Wilmington, and president of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, Philadelphia. Fr. Curran earned a B.A. in politics from DeSales University, an M.A. in theology from DeSales School of Theology, an M.A. in liberal studies, public policy and government from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the Catholic University of America and an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Rev. Peter B. Ely S.J.Sept 1996 - June 1997
Rev. E. Edward Kinerk S.J., A.B., M.A., S.T.D.July 1997 - June 2006
Senior Staff
Title Interim Vice President for University Advancement
Title Vice President for Academic Affairs
Title Associate Vice President, Enrollment
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Vice President, Dean of Students
Title Director of Human Resources
Paid Full-Time Staff 368
Paid Part-Time Staff 138
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 30
Retention Rate 88%
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 Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
In collaboration with Research College of Nursing, Rockhurst University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Rockhurst also collaborates with Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences to offer an MBA in healthcare leadership. Through Rockhurst's Center for Service Learning, over 300 area nonprofits are assisted each year by students, staff and faculty. In addition, Rockhurst has partnered with University of Missouri-Kansas City and has established a joint engineering and IT program.
American Humanics - Partner1977
External Assessment and Accreditations
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation2003
Top 15 Midwest UniversitiesUS News & World Report2017
Commissioner's CupGreat Lakes Valley Conference2017
Campus Program Excellence AwardNonprofit Leadership Alliance2017
Rockhurst University's Management MBA No. 16 in the nationUS News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools2016
Ranked number 3 among Missouri's colleges and universities on graduates' starting salariesSmartAsset2015
Rockhurst University's MBA program ranked #2 in Kansas CityKansas City Business Journal2015
Best Management MBA in Kansas CityU.S. News & World Report2015
Community EngagementCarnegie Foundation2011
Ranked 26th - Most Unwired CampusesIntel2005
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Rockhurst University's Board of Trustees have approved a strategic plan that will take the University through 2017. Rockhurst University has made a commitment to our community to transform lives and form leaders in the Jesuit tradition, and we are in the City for good.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Kermit J. Fendler Pharm.D
Company Affiliation Community Leader
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. Joseph M. Agnello Lockton Companies
Mr. Clifford Alexander Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP
Mr. Don H. Alexander Alexander & Associates, Inc.
Rev. Jeffrey P. Baerwald S.J.Santa Clara University
Rev. Michael D Barber S.J.Saint Louis University
Mr. Gary Belske Ernst & Young
Mr. Russell Burns Jr.BMO Harris Bank
Mr. Daniel P. Charles William Blair & Company
Ms. Nancy Creasy Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Rev. Thomas B. Curran O.S.F.S.Rockhurst University
Ms. Carol A DiRaimo Jack in the Box, Inc.
Mr. Robert F. Dunn J.E. Dunn Group, Inc.
Dr. Kermit J. Fendler Pharm.DCommunity Leader
Mr. Kenneth R. Garrett Jr.Clear Vision HR Consulting
Ms. Carol A. Grimaldi Cornerstones of Care
Mr. Marc B. Hahn Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
Dr. Thomas F. Hastings Esse Health
Mr. Glennon M. Heitmann Heitmann & Associates, Inc.
Mr. Dennis Huber MHL Consulting, LLC
Ms. D'Angela Johnson Cerner Corporation
Mr. Melvin J. Lavery Community Leader
Dr. Bridget McCandless Health Care Foundaiton of Greater Kansas City
Mr. Reed Murphy IIIMurphy Hoffman Company
Rev. Hung Trung Pham S.J.Santa Clara University
Mrs. Sylvia Raya Owner, Sylvia's Deli
Ms. Maryanne L. Roepke American Century Investments
Ms. Madeline Romious AT&T Services
Dr. Thomas M. Sack MRI Global
Rev. Patrick H. Stewart St. Patrick Catholic Church
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes S.J.Loyola University New Orleans
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 22
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Academic Affairs
Student Affairs
Institutional Advancement
Board Development / Board Orientation
CEO Comments

Rockhurst University is governed by a strong and dedicated board of trustees. The men and women of the board are outstanding civic, corporate and religious leaders committed to the life and growth of Rockhurst University and the community in which we serve. In June of 2013, the Board of Trustees approved a strategic plan that will guide the University through 2017. 

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $51,141,307
Projected Expenses $49,390,318
Endowment Value $27,259,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using 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$584,633$537,619$541,462
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,261,116$12,038,741$2,666,350
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$15,364$11,007$22,075
Revenue In-Kind$63,461$125,997$293,996
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$70,068,963$69,747,526$68,157,224
Administration Expense$9,442,416$9,214,665$9,438,664
Fundraising Expense$1,331,634$1,380,902$1,388,077
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.151.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue31%22%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$132,764,816$138,234,303$130,909,946
Current Assets$8,121,799$10,789,315$10,651,988
Long-Term Liabilities$15,390,005$13,706,013$14,311,710
Current Liabilities$47,635,186$50,054,315$48,478,095
Total Net Assets$69,739,625$74,473,975$68,120,141
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.170.220.22
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%10%11%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $521,910 --Individual Donor $3,000,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $211,750 --Greater Kansas City Community Foundation $1,905,175
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $200,000 --JE&LE Mabee Foundation $500,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments Fiscal responsibility remains a strong priority for the university. Additionally, the university has begun a strategic management cycle whereby tactical measures to ensure current fiscal stewardship are coupled with strategic planning for the long term. This cycle is monitored by the University Planning and Budgeting Committee (UPBC) which consists of faculty, staff and administrators.
Organization Name Rockhurst University
Address Rockhurst University
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Primary Phone (816) 501-4000
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Thomas B. Curran S.J.
Board Chair Dr. Kermit J. Fendler Pharm.D
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Leader
Year of Incorporation 1910