Kermit Bridges
President of SAGU

Biography


Credentials

  • D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Southwestern Assemblies of God University

About Dr. Bridges

Dr. Kermit S. Bridges was selected in December, 1999 by the Board of Regents to serve as president following the retirement of Dr. Delmer R. Guynes. Bridges served as Vice President for University Advancement from 1994 to 1999, during which he directed what was SAGU’s most effective capital campaign – resulting in the construction of phase one of the Sheaffer Center and the acquisition of the university’s North Campus.

As Vice President for University Advancement, he also led a student recruitment strategy that produced seven consecutive record enrollments.

As SAGU's longest-sitting president, Bridges achieved a number of key milestones. More than half of the university’s under-roof square footage was constructed since 2000, including phase two of the Sheaffer Center, Teeter and Bridges Residence Halls, the Garrison Wellness Center and the Hagee Communication Center.

SAGU also reached record enrollment levels above 2,000 students from 2009-2012. The school achieved growth in all areas – on-campus, online and in Harrison Graduate School.

Another hallmark of Bridges' presidency is a push toward new academic programs. With more than 45 new programs, Bridges has introduced some of SAGU's top performing programs – Criminal Justice, Sports Management, Digital Media Arts and Social Work.

Bridges is a graduate of Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., where he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry. Bridges’ doctoral program focused on church leadership and management.  His passion is to see Southwestern become a training center for the development of Christ-like leaders who will influence the world through their unique callings and careers.

Dr. Bridges is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and prior to his tenure at SAGU, served as the senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Grand Prairie, TX, and as an associate pastor at Oak Cliff Assembly of God in Dallas, Park Crest Assembly of God in Springfield, MO, and First Assembly of God in Garland, TX. While serving on staff at Oak Cliff Assembly of God in Dallas, Kermit met his wife Jan Quistad, a native of Minneapolis, MN.

Jan Bridges has taught in public and Christian schools, filled education administration roles, and served as a faculty member at SAGU. The Bridges’ have two sons, James and Forrest, both of whom attended SAGU.

Under Bridges, SAGU launched more than 45 new programs and redesigned many more. Meanwhile, the school is moving aggressively to form partnerships with districts and schools of ministry around the country.

Mission Ten

Mission Ten
Under President Bridges, SAGU launched Mission TEN (To Every Nation). The effort is sending students to minister in every country of the world and every Chinese/Indian state by the year 2020.

Campus Development

Mission Ten
More than half of the university’s under-roof square footage was constructed under President Bridges.

Sheaffer Center (1999)

FLC
Cost: $7 million Size: 127,000 sq. ft. Use: Chapel, dining, classes, athletics, offices, performances, banquets

Teeter & Bridges Halls (2006)

Teeter and Bridges Hall
Cost: $17 million Size: 155,488 sq. ft. Use: Student housing, offices, recreation

Garrison Wellness Center (2010)

Garrison Wellness Center
Cost: $5.5 million Size: 33,900 Use: Student fitness, athletics

Hagee Communication Center (2013)

Hagee Communication Center
Cost: $22 million Size: 80,000 sq. ft. Use: Classes, audiovisual recording, performance arts, dining
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