Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville TN 37205
Aquinas College: "Distinctly Dominican"

Mission Statement
Aquinas College is a private Catholic institution of higher education. The College offers an academically challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum.
 
The primary mission of Aquinas College is to provide an atmosphere of learning permeated with faith, directed to the intellectual, moral and professional formation of the human person. Aquinas seeks to foster intellectual achievement and personal growth in a socially and economically diverse population. The Christian principles and values they learn enrich students. Faculty and staff seek to make students aware that a relationship exists between human culture and the message of salvation.

CORE RELIGIOUS VALUES
* Sanctity of the Human Person
* Unity of Faith and Reason
* Fidelity to Church Teaching
* Love for the Truth
* Evangelization
 
CORE OPERATIONAL VALUES
* Respect for the Human Person
* Good Stewardship
* High Educational Standards
* Charity and Service
* Passionately Committed to the Mission
 
CORE PURPOSE
We transform lives and culture through truth and charity.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith O.P.
Board Chair Mother Ann Marie Karlovic O.P.
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1961
Former Names
Aquinas Junior College
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $12,719,956.00
Projected Annual Revenue $10,727,635.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission
Aquinas College is a private Catholic institution of higher education. The College offers an academically challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum.
 
The primary mission of Aquinas College is to provide an atmosphere of learning permeated with faith, directed to the intellectual, moral and professional formation of the human person. Aquinas seeks to foster intellectual achievement and personal growth in a socially and economically diverse population. The Christian principles and values they learn enrich students. Faculty and staff seek to make students aware that a relationship exists between human culture and the message of salvation.

CORE RELIGIOUS VALUES
* Sanctity of the Human Person
* Unity of Faith and Reason
* Fidelity to Church Teaching
* Love for the Truth
* Evangelization
 
CORE OPERATIONAL VALUES
* Respect for the Human Person
* Good Stewardship
* High Educational Standards
* Charity and Service
* Passionately Committed to the Mission
 
CORE PURPOSE
We transform lives and culture through truth and charity.
Background Owned and administered by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, Aquinas College began in 1961, as Aquinas Junior College. In 1994 the College changed its status to a four-year institution when approval was given to offer bachelor degrees in liberal arts. To reflect this change, the institution's original charter was officially amended to read Aquinas College. In 2012, Aquinas College was approved to offer three master degree programs: Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching. Aquinas College, located on a scenic 83-acre campus in the heart of Nashville, is the only four-year Catholic liberal arts college in Middle and East Tennessee and provides a value-centered education in the Dominican tradition. Personal attention is provided by a faculty proactively engaged in a teaching-advising partnership with their students. Currently Aquinas College offers ten degree programs in nursing, business, teacher education, and liberal arts.

Student Enrollment:
                 Fall 2016- 344 / Spring 2016- 285 
Student to Faculty Ratio:         8:1
Class of 2015:                            115 degrees conferred      
Impact

IGNITE is the comprehensive fundraising initiative for the Vision 2020: Truth & Charity strategic plan. Released in mid-2014, Vision 2020 laid the roadmap for Aquinas College’s future, articulating our goals for the next six years in four strategic areas:

· Academic Distinction

· Spiritual Growth

· Student Experience

· Operational Integrity

1. Academic Distinction: ‘Excellence in the Classroom and Beyond’

The classroom is at the core of the Aquinas mission as a place where students are challenged to think, learn and grow academically as well as spiritually. With every program added, every resource expanded, and the best and brightest faculty recruited as a part of Vision 2020, we will continue to recruit more top students, attract excellent faculty and earn national attention for what our students and alumni already know: our unique brand of rigorous, whole-person, supported academics.

2. Spiritual Growth: ‘Here, the Church is more than a Building on Campus’

Worship is at the heart of the mission of Aquinas College. The relationship that each member of the community has with Christ is at the core all other relationships, which creates a culture of faith, scholarship, friendship and service that is joyful and transformative. A new Mass chapel, opportunities for perpetual adoration and a dedicated Center for Faith and Culture provide a place for members of the campus and the greater Nashville community to grow in knowledge, love and service of the Gospel.

3. Student Experience: ‘Help us build on our campus and our traditions’

Meeting the evolving needs of both our residential and commuter students is a major focus at Aquinas for the next several years. With your help, we will grow with intention, adding amenities, services and academic programs that will help us attract and retain more exceptional students. And we will never lose what our prospective, current and former students love most about student life: our “small town” campus feel within Nashville’s vibrant, bustling urban environment.

4. Operational Integrity: ‘A Clear Vision for the Future’

Aquinas College’s Vision 2020 is a collaborative effort of the entire College community that provides a clear vision for the future supported by prudent stewardship that allows for sustained, transformative growth. This robust and comprehensive plan supported by friends and benefactors enables the College to continue the tradition of educating students who are formed in the integrated relationship between faith and reason, professionally prepared and ready to engage the culture in truth and charity.

Needs
Capital Campaign: $21,000,000
 
Annual Excellence Fund: $325,000
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Ways to Give: For more information on making a gift, call the Development Office at (615)297-7545 ext. 526

Online Giving: To make a one-time or recurring gift to Aquinas, please use our secure online one-time gift form.

Cash or Checks: Please make your check payable to Aquinas College and send to:

Aquinas College
Development Office
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

Credit Card: By phone (615) 297-7545 ext. 398 or online giving form.

Stock Options / Appreciated Securities: If you own securities that have been held for more than twelve months, and give them as a gift to Aquinas College, you can benefit by:

+ claiming a charitable income tax deduction for the full value of the shares;

+ avoiding the capital gains tax that would have been due if the shares were sold.

Please consult your tax attorney or tax preparer for the deductibility of your gift. Gifts of stock are sold upon receipt. You will be credited for the value of the stock on the date the gift is made and a receipt is generated that reflects that value.

Please instruct your broker to transfer the securities as a donation to:

Randy L. Campbell
Senior Vice President, Investments | Morgan Stanley
3102 West End Avenue, Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37203
E-mail: Randy.L.Campbell@morganstanley.com
Phone: 615-269-2426
Toll free: 1-800-228-8517
Fax: 615-269-2440
Account # 471-106400-318
DTC # 0015
Account Name: The Dominican Campus 

You may download the PDF version of the donor letter of stock transfer, complete the form and either mail or fax it to the Development Office at (615) 279-3899

Pledges / Letter of Intent: Payment schedules can be arranged for your convenience whether yearly, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly. Pledge reminders will be sent to you as per your instructions.

Matching Gifts: The matching gift program: Contact your human resources representative on how to make your gift.

For more information, please contact the Aquinas College Office of Development.


 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Higher Education
Secondary Organization Category Religion- Related / Roman Catholic
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development-Religious Leadership
Areas of Service
Areas Served
National
Board Chair Statement

  It is truly a beautiful time in Nashville, Tennessee and at Aquinas College! After five decades of serving the Greater Nashville community and beyond through a liberal arts education grounded in Catholic doctrine and the promise to help all students progress into their next phase of life; we are ready to build higher on this strong foundation.


Our strategic plan, Vision 2020: Truth and Charity, is the first effort of its kind to truly bring all students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members, and friends of the College together for one mission. The process of developing this plan has been thorough, and the product is outstanding. We hope that you will agree that the plans, processes, and programs outlined in this document truly illustrate a vision for a stronger Aquinas College. The new Aquinas College will move forward with great respect for the past and tremendous excitement for the future.

     Take a moment to explore our profile, and as always, feel free to contact me any time. Of course, if you find yourself near campus or in the Nashville area, we hope that a stop by Aquinas College will be a part of your plans. Through your support, with your prayers, and thanks to your investment, I feel confident that we can meet and even exceed this grand vision. Join us!

 

God bless you,

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P.

President – Aquinas College / Nashville, TN
Programs
Description The primary goal of the Business Program is training competent business leaders who are conscious of their broader responsibilities to society. Our curriculum seeks to instill in each student awareness and understanding of the dignity of human work and to develop those skills and virtues that best position our graduates for successful careers in the fullest sense. A Bachelor of Business Administration is offered through the BBA program.
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Description The strength of a liberal arts education is that it provides formation of the student on a profoundly human level. The student is exposed to the finest minds in western civilization and learns to think critically and to aspire to a life that is wholly integrated. On a practical level, the liberal arts program encourages students to explore a variety of fields, rather than to specialize in a job preparation track. This flexibility will be the key to students who, experts predict, will change careers (not just jobs but careers) an average of eight times during their working lives. A student who has learned how to think is much better equipped to solve complex problems in shifting environments than a student who has mastered a quantity of narrowly defined technical information. Two degrees are offered: Bachelor of Arts with majors in Liberal Arts, English, Theology, History and Philosophy; and Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts.
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Description Aquinas College offers three nursing degree programs: an ASN degree through the Associate of Science in Nursing program, the accelerated RN-BSN degree program; and Master of Science in Nursing program. The goal of all degree programs foster personal and professional growth based on the integration and application of the liberal arts and sciences and professional nursing content with a solid foundation in Christian principles. The goal of both programs is to graduate ethical, competent nurses who treat patients with the dignity they deserve as fellow children of God.
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Description The Teacher Education Program at Aquinas College is committed to empowering teachers to develop fully the God-given potential of each student they teach. The curriculum is based on an interdisciplinary major in the liberal arts, thus providing the broad scope necessary for professional competence. Additionally, exposure to extensive classroom experience and volunteer activities enhance the level of confidence necessary to begin the practice of teaching. Our faculty view and profess teaching as a gift and a mission, not merely a profession or career. A Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Education are offered through the Teacher Education program. There is also a program leading to licensure for those who already have a baccalaurate degree.
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Board Chair
Board Chair Mother Ann Marie Karlovic O.P.
Company Affiliation The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation
Term Aug 2006 to July 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Stephen Bachus Vanderbilt University (retired)Voting
Mr. David Brecount U.S. Digital PartnersVoting
Mr. Mark Cordova Centennial Bolt, Inc.Voting
Dr. Marlee Crankshaw Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital (Vanderbilt)Voting
Mr. Marc O. Dedman Spicer Rudstrom, PLLCVoting
Mr. Peter DeMarco Institute 4 Priority Thinking, LLCVoting
Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith O.P.Aquinas CollegeVoting
Sister Andrea Marie Graham O.P.The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia CongregationVoting
Sister Mary Agnes Greiffendorf O.P.The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia CongregationVoting
Mother Ann Marie Karlovic O.P.The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia CongregationVoting
Dr. Francis Lazarus University of Dallas (President Emeritus)Voting
Mr. Edward S. McFadden Archdiocese of Washington D.C.Voting
Sister Mary Peter Muehlenkamp O.P.The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia CongregationVoting
Sister Anna Grace Neenan O.P.The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia CongregationVoting
Mr. Jamie Sochovka Key Investments, Inc.Voting
Sister Mary Raymond Thye O.P.The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia CongregationVoting
Mr. V.M. Wheeler IIIGordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan LLPVoting
Mr. G. Michael Yopp Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis (Aquinas Board Member Emeritus)NonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Strategic Planning
Audit
Membership
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance & Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Boiler & Machinery
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment & Software
Crime Coverage
Disability Insurance
Employment Practices Liability
Fine Arts & Collectibles
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Clark Baker YMCA of Greater Houston (retired)
Mr. John J. Buckley Jr.
Mr. Timothy Downey
Dr. Karen Furey
Mr. Kurt Gelke
Mr. Bill Graveman
Dr. Marie Hilliard
Mr. Britt Hunt
Rev. / Mr. George Loegering
Mr. Robert Riggar
Mr. G Austin Triggs
Rev. Albert Trudel O.P.
CEO Comments Aquinas College's Board of Directors is composed of eightteen members, seven of whom are Sisters from the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation. The Sisters have taken a vow of poverty and cannot make financial contributions to our organization. 100% of our lay Board members are donors.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith O.P.
Term Start June 2011
Email srmsarah@aquinascollege.edu
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Sister Thomas Aquinas Halbmaier , O.P.Aug 2002 - Aug 2007
Sister Mary Peter Muehlenkamp O.P.Aug 2007 - June 2011
Staff
Full Time Staff 78
Part Time Staff 138
Volunteers 75
Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 10
When was Strategic Plan adopted? July 2014
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
American Library Association2012
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce2012
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)2012
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)2012
Council for Independent Colleges2015
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools2012
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Catholic Colleges in North AmericaNewman Guide to Catholic Colleges2012
Top 15 Best Colleges: Regional Colleges- SouthU.S. News & World Report2013
Top 15 Best Colleges: Regional Colleges- SouthU.S. News & World Report2014
Top 20 Best Colleges: Regional Colleges- SouthU.S. News & World Report2015
Top 20 Best Colleges: Regional Colleges- SouthU.S. News & World Report2016
Senior Staff
Title Provost / Vice President of Academics
Experience/Biography
Title Vice President of Student Life
Experience/Biography
Title Vice President of Institutional Engagement
Experience/Biography
Title Vice President for Finance & Administration
Experience/Biography
CEO Comments Aquinas College's Board of Directors is composed of seventeen members, seven of whom are Sisters from the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation. The Sisters have taken a vow of poverty and cannot make financial contributions to our organization. 100% of our lay Board members are donors.
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $10,727,635.00
Projected Expenses $12,719,956.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$10,707,023$7,578,194$13,528,927
Total Expenses$8,689,753$8,463,423$8,666,590
Revenue Less Expenses$2,017,270($885,229)$4,862,337
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
$214,200$237,900$0
Government Contributions$501,988$641,122$692,498
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$501,988$641,122$692,498
Individual Contributions$374,418$451,316$6,246,058
$0$0$0
$4,854,252$5,773,762$6,234,495
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,608,336$344,496$255,215
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$45,412$22,254$21,276
Revenue In-Kind$19,148$38,383$0
Other$89,269$68,961$79,385
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$5,398,460$5,434,160$5,757,996
Administration Expense$3,006,312$2,720,091$2,684,641
Fundraising Expense$284,981$309,172$223,953
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.230.901.56
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%64%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue25%23%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$25,754,340$26,293,847$26,723,130
Current Assets$8,761,656$7,039,618$8,355,836
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,387,480$387,460$268,396
Total Net Assets$23,366,860$25,906,387$26,454,734
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.6718.1731.13
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $4,854,252Program Services $5,773,762Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,246,058
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $4,608,336Government Grants $641,122Program Services $6,234,495
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $501,988Contributions $451,316Government Grants $692,498
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Yes
Campaign Purpose Aquinas College seeks to build on-campus student housing, (Siena Hall completed in Fall of 2016) expand the nursing program facilities, and open a student activities center, in addition to increasing the number of degrees and fields of study available.
Capital Campaign Goal $130,000,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates May 2007 to June 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $5,676,096.00 as of Mar 2013
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financials taken from 990 only. 990 prepared by Grannis & Associates P.C.
Schedule B removed to protect donor privacy.
Comment provided by Elizabeth Madsen 1/12/17
Nonprofit Aquinas College
Address 4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
Primary Phone (615) 297-7545 622
CEO/Executive Director Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith O.P.
Board Chair Mother Ann Marie Karlovic O.P.
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation
Year of Incorporation 1961
Former Names
Aquinas Junior College

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