Southwestern 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, an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, served as vice president for university advancement from 1994 to 1999. During that 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 and the acquisition of the SAGU's former North Campus. In this role 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.