In 1892, Seventh-day Adventists living near Dallas chose a committee to locate a property for a school in Johnson County. The committee members personally financed the purchase of 800 acres five miles east of Cleburne for $8,000. At a time in our nation when railroads were broken, 银行纷纷关门, 和 businesses were failing, hearty Adventist families converged on the l和 in November 1893. Families brought all their earthly possessions in covered wagons 和 began to clear the l和 和 build houses. In these early winter months, most families stayed in tents.
到1月6日, 1894, the first school building was completed, 和 it doubled as the church, which at the time served 67 members. On January 7, the school opened with 56 students in all grades. 后不久, the enrollment increased to 90, as other families moved to the new town that became Keene.
Old Betsy, the one-stop train
On December 20, 1902, the first train pulled into town. Local citizens had raised $3,000 to get a passenger train on the 10-mile stretch from Cleburne to Egan. The new railroad had one stop: Keene’s little depot. The train, operated by a steam engine, was called Old Betsy. It served as the primary means of transportation for 20 years 和 later was the inspiration for the name of Keene's main road today.
From Industrial to University
Acting on their conviction that classroom learning 和 work experience complemented each other, Southwestern Adventist University's pioneers named the school Keene Industrial Academy in 1893. Work at the junior college level was first offered in 1916, 和 the school’s name was changed to Southwestern Junior College. In 1962, the process of approval for senior status was started, 和 the college was renamed, this time to Southwestern Union College. In 1977, the college was again renamed Southwestern Adventist College as the first Seventh-day Adventist college in North America to reflect the Adventist name. Graduate-level work was first offered in 1987. 九年后, the institution once again changed its name to the current Southwestern Adventist University.
Inspiring knowledge, faith, 和 service through Christ-centered education
Southwestern Adventist University seeks to be a community that supports academic, 精神上的, 物理, 和 emotional wholeness, encouraging all members to find their purpose 和 lead lives of service.
The empowering nature of God’s Word
The mercy 和 justice of God
The image of God in all humanity
The forgiveness of God
The transformative power of God’s love
The eternal plans of God
Continually seek 和 be guided by wisdom
Strive to live with complete integrity 和 without fear
Be good stewards of their time, their talents, 和 the resources God places in their care
Treat everyone with respect 和 seek opportunities to work together for the good of humanity
Act with humility 和 underst和 others’ limitations
Unselfishly serve 和 defend those in need through acts of care 和 compassion
Remain forever faithful