Campbell University

private Christian, liberal arts university in Buies Creek, North Carolina, United States

Campbell University is a private, coeducational baptist university in Buies Creek, North Carolina. The university has about 10,471 students. It was founded in 1887. The current president of the university is Jerry M. Wallace.

Campbell University
Former names
Buies Creek Academy (1887–1926)
Campbell Junior College (1926–1961)
Campbell College (1961–1979)
MottoAd astra per aspera (Latin)
Motto in English
"To the stars through difficulties"
TypePrivate university
EstablishedJanuary 5, 1887; 137 years ago (January 5, 1887)
Religious affiliation
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina[1]
Academic affiliation
Endowment$152.5 million (2019)[2]
Budget$246.6 million[2]
PresidentJ. Bradley Creed
Location, ,
United States

35°24′36″N 78°44′25″W / 35.4099°N 78.7403°W / 35.4099; -78.7403
CampusFringe town[3], 850 acres (3.4 km2)
Other campuses
NewspaperThe Campbell Times
ColorsOrange and black[4]
NicknameFighting Camels
Sporting affiliations
MascotGaylord the Camel
D. Rich Memorial Building which is on the campus.



The athletics teams of the university are called the Fighting Camels. They have 18 varsity teams which mostly compete in the Coastal Athletic Association (CAA), with its (American) football team playing in CAA Football, a league run by the multi-sports CAA as a separate organization.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Jeffrey L. Bannister 1984 Major general in the United States Army [5]
Chris Clemons 2019 basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA [6]
Paul Green 1914 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Bob Etheridge 1965 former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina, 2nd District
Ann Marie Calabria 1983 (School of Law) Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Michelle Koh professional golfer and 2016 Olympian [7]
Cal Koonce 1961 former Major League Baseball pitcher and also Campbell's all-time winningest baseball coach
George Lehmann professional basketball player
Eric Griffin professional basketball player
John D. Loudermilk 1957 American singer and songwriter
Elaine Marshall 1981 (School of Law) North Carolina Secretary of State
Gaylord Perry 1959 Hall of Fame Major League Baseball pitcher and two-time Cy Young Award winner
Jim Perry 1959 former Major League Baseball pitcher and Cy Young Award winner
Ryan Thompson professional baseball player
John Tyson 1979 (School of Law) Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Drew Van Horn 1983 President of Young Harris College; former President of Brevard College
Kristin Cooper 1982(School of Law) First Lady of the state of North Carolina
Juan G. Ayala Retired Two-star General in the U.S. Marine Corps
Norman Adrian Wiggins 1948 former president and chancellor of the university

Notable faculty



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  5. "Obituary, Maj Gen Jeffrey Bannister". Cunningham Turch Funeral Home. Alexandria, VA. June 4, 2018. Archived from the original on January 26, 2022. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
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  7. rajes paul (April 13, 2014). "Michelle has high hopes as pro golfer – Golf | The Star Online". The Star. Malaysia. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  8. Friend, Elizabeth (August 24, 2016). "Campbell University Opens Schools of Nursing And Engineering". WUNC. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  9. Gailey, Phil; Weaver, Warren Jr. (March 20, 1985). "BRIEFING; Whither Funderburk?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  10. McGrath, Gareth (May 21, 2015). "Goolsby tapped to join UNC Board of Governors". Wilmington Star News. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  11. "Paul Newby | North Carolina Judicial Branch". Retrieved May 22, 2023.

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