SAGU restructures colleges, announces new deanWaxahachie, Texas — October 25, 2012 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) announced plans to restructure its two academic colleges, the College of Bible and Church Ministries and the College of Arts and Professions, into three colleges in June 2013. The new colleges will be the College of Music and Communication Arts, College of Bible and Church Ministries, and College of Business and Education.

SAGU Vice President of Academics Paul Brooks says, "Restructuring will provide an even higher quality of attention to students across SAGU's programs."

Currently, the College of Bible and Church Ministries contains Bible/theology, practical ministries, music, counseling/psychology, and intercultural studies. The College of Arts and Professions contains business, communication arts, education, English/foreign language, general studies, and social studies.

After restructuring, communication arts, English/foreign language, music, and the staff department of media services will shift to the new College of Music and Communication Arts. The College of Arts and Professions will become the College of Business and Education with four departments: business, education, general studies and social studies. The College of Bible and Church Ministries will retain its current name and the Bible/theology, practical ministries, counseling/psychology, and intercultural studies programs.

"We have excellent leadership in our academic programs with Dean LeRoy Bartel, Dean Larry Goodrich and Dean Donny Lutrick," continued Brooks. "We are privileged that Del Guynes will join our team as the new dean to the College of Music and Communication Arts."

"Dean Guynes has extensive professional experience in communications and music and also holds ministerial credentials. Del is revered by his peers and supervisors and has provided essential input toward the design and purpose of the World Communication Center."

Guynes shared, “I feel extremely honored and challenged to become dean of the new college. The scale of the opportunity before us is quite sobering. Given the unique and miraculous way in which the new WCC has been funded and the momentum behind the realignment of the colleges, there’s an even greater awareness of the responsibility to make sure our efforts match the blessings given us."

He continued, "With the WCC, we have a great opportunity to improve our effectiveness in serving our constituents as we position for expansion in enrollment and in the type of academic programs we can offer. The music department will be able to expand its piano, vocal and instrumental offerings through use of enhanced rehearsal and performance areas; English and foreign language will have newfound access to venues that will allow students to present their written works; and the communication arts department will have two performance spaces for its theatre program, as well as studios and laboratories that will enhance our award-winning digital media arts program."

SAGU is evaluating new programs in script writing (biblically-based themes for stage and cinema), broadcasting, and animation. Guynes shared, "There’s a terrific team here that will provide the faculty and staff framework for us to expand our offering of relevant academic programs."

Rev. Del Guynes spent the majority of his career integrating the disciplines of communications, music and technology in ministry and professional settings. In addition to being an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God for over thirty years, he spent most of that time as a bi-vocational minister, working as a business executive in the media and communications industry.

As a university student, Guynes produced and directed television programming for churches and educational institutions. Upon completion of graduate school, he joined a large media conglomerate based in Denver, Colorado, and spent approximately twenty years leading business development efforts in competitive telecommunications, business and operations support system software, and Internet-based education. In this role, Guynes led efforts to establish international sales, distribution and technical support channels for education and media and communication ventures offshore. During this time, he concurrently served as minister of music at Aurora First Assembly of God in Aurora, Colorado.

In 2004, Rev. Guynes and his wife Christi came to SAGU from Colorado to lead SAGU’s traveling music ministry teams and coordinate chapel worship teams. Rev. Guynes also continued as a technology consultant in support of media and communication companies. In the fall of 2011, he accepted a full-time role as department chair of the communication arts department at SAGU.

Rev. Guynes holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Evangel University and a Master of Science in telecommunications from the University of Colorado. He is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in arts and technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU. 

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