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SAGU President Kermit Bridges re-electedWaxahachie, TexasMay 3, 2012Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) President Kermit Bridges was re-elected for a 5-year term by the Board of Regents on Friday, April 27, 2012. After the completion of the term, Bridges will be SAGU's longest serving president with 16 years of service.

Bridges served as Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA) from 1994 to 1999, during which time he directed what was then SAGU’s most effective capital campaign, resulting in the construction of phase one of the Sheaffer Full Life Center (FLC) and the acquisition of the SAGU’s former North Campus. As VPUA he also provided oversight to a student recruitment strategy, which produced seven consecutive record enrollments.

In December 1999, the Board of Regents selected Bridges to succeed Dr. Delmer R. Guynes as president. Under Bridges, SAGU has added 25 new academic programs, eight of which were in the Harrison School of Graduate Studies. Nineteen additional degree programs are being evaluated for addition in the next five years. Enrollment has increased 16 percent since 2001, from 1,738 students to 2,023 in 2012.

Following the completion of the World Communication Center in Fall 2013, SAGU's developed square footage will reach 706,000, of which 392,932 was constructed in last 10 years. Including his service as Vice President, Bridges has been instrumental in the construction of SAGU's four largest building projects.

President Bridges spent most of his childhood in Waxahachie. Upon graduation from Waxahachie High School, he enrolled at SAGU where he graduated in 1982. He later attended and received graduate degrees from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree. Bridges’ doctoral program focused on church leadership and management.

Bridges is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Prior to his service at SAGU he served as Senior Pastor of First Assembly of God in Grand Prairie, Texas, and as Associate Pastor at Oak Cliff Assembly of God in Dallas, Texas, Park Crest Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri, and First Assembly of God in Garland, Texas.

While serving on the staff at Oak Cliff Assembly of God, Kermit met his wife Jan Quistad, native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mrs. Bridges has been a teacher in public and Christian school, filled education administration roles, and now serves as an adjunct faculty member at SAGU. The Bridges’ have two sons, James, 18, and Forrest, 15.

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 or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU. 

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