SAGU Receives The “Stand Up For Texas Public Schools” Award


For over 30 years, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) has supported and partnered with local public schools especially in the university’s hometown of Waxahachie. In recognition of these efforts, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) presented SAGU with the “Stand Up for Texas Public Schools” award.

“We’re very honored to receive the award. We don’t do these things to receive awards. We do it because that’s who we are. We’re grateful that they have allowed us to be a part of all they’ve done for the next generation of students and the impact they’ve had in our community all of these years.” – Terry Phipps, SAGU Vice President for Student Development

SAGU was nominated for the award through the Waxahachie Independent School District (WISD). The district recommended the university for state recognition in addition to eight other businesses through TASB’s Stand Up for Texas Public Schools Business Recognition program.

“Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a longtime partner to WISD,” says Melissa Cobb, Director of Partners in Education for WISD. “We are thankful for the strong and faithful partnership with SAGU.”

Dr. Strange, Interim Chair for SAGU Teacher Education Department, stated that two WISD employees actually serve in the department’s Supervisory Board. She went on to say that SAGU’s partnership with WISD has provided valuable field experience for the university’s education students through clinical teaching and most recently, the “Grow Your Own” program.  The “Grow Your Own” program aims to elevate Texas’s teaching profession by developing high-quality Education and Training courses at the high school level and by creating teacher pipelines to increase the pool and diversity of Texas’ future classroom leaders. SAGU students can participate in this program through the university’s Alternative Certification Program and partnership with WISD.

Over the past 20 to 30 years, SAGU has also participated in numerous events throughout the WISD school year including D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day. This program is a national celebration of reading designed to remind families to make reading a priority activity in their lives. WISD honors this by inviting 500 volunteers from local businesses and organizations to read to classrooms to stress the value and joy of reading by providing reading role models. SAGU has been proud to participate in this day since its launch 23 years ago.

“The SAGU faculty, staff & students support DEAR Day in a great way,” says Melissa Cobb of WISD.

As both institutions look to the future, they are excited to continue partnering together even during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many projects continue this year virtually, and we look forward to continued work together during this unique time and in the future,” said Cobb.


As a leading Christian university, SAGU educates and prepares individuals who want to serve Christ and others. SAGU helps students discover and develop their God-given callings in a Spirit-empowered, learning community.

We believe in affordable tuition, made possible in part through the financial support of donors who embrace the mission of SAGU and the importance of affordable, accredited programs to train Christians for leadership in ministry, business, education, and service.

Most majors are available in-person in Waxahachie, TX, and online through a wide range of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here