ACU dedicates building, honors Bill and Peggy Teague
For immediate release
February 26, 1999
Abilene Christian University officials dedicated the
Margaret L. and William J. Teague Special Events Center
Saturday, Feb. 20, during a private ceremony and a major
dinner featuring the Teagues.
The new $3.5 million, 43,500-square-foot special events
facility was completed in September but inaugurated during
the President's Circle Dinner, a private dinner for 500
special guests and friends of ACU. Dr. Teague, chancellor of
the university after serving 10 years as president from 1981
to 1991, and his wife were honored at a reception before
"ACU is blessed to have a long and significant
relationship with Bill and Peggy Teague," said Dr. Royce
Money, ACU president. "They dearly love this
Money also explained Teague started the tradition of
always mentioning wives before husbands during his
presidency, and that tradition is reflected in the official
name of the center.
During the dinner, Money told Teague, "The phrase you
made so popular during your tenure as president represents
you well: Caring, Serving, Excelling - The ACU
The Teague Special Events Center also epitomizes the
"Caring, Serving, Excelling" phrase. While providing the
university with its largest meeting space, it also offers
the community a much-needed option for special events.
The multipurpose room, called the Great Room, seats up to
1,500 people for meals
and other special events, and it will be used for
regional seminars, testing sessions, theatrical and
religious events, and as a lecture hall for major speakers.
It also serves as three indoor tennis courts.
The facility also includes conference and meeting rooms,
offices for the director of athletics and members of the
coaching staff, offices and work areas for ACU's athletic
training staff, locker rooms for ACU athletic teams,
catering kitchen and storage areas. The large multipurpose
room will divide into three indoor tennis courts.
With quarried pavers and theater-style finishings
beckoning visitors to the great room, Dr. Money said
facility is befitting for Dr. Teague, but more so for his
"Peggy Teague was a grand first lady during Dr. Teague's
10 years as the president of Abilene Christian University,"
Dr. Money said. "She was an active, visible presence in this
community, always sharing and living a positive message
about this university."
Mrs. Teague is a 1956 graduate of Abilene Christian and
also has been active in university and community
organizations, including service as president of Women for
ACU and ACU Faculty Wives, and as an advisory board member
for Friends of the Abilene Public Library. She is currently
president of the Abilene Woman's Club.
The new Teague Center adds a new dimension to the ACU
campus and services offered, and Money said adding new
dimensions to ACU is a Teague tradition.
"In your 10 years as president, and in your continuing
work as ACU chancellor, you have moved us so far down the
road toward national excellence," Money said. "You had the
vision for many ACU traditions that continue today,
including Sing Song and KACU-FM public radio. You brought
Fortune 500 experience from two companies. You helped create
a new front door for this university."
Teague is a 1952 graduate of ACU and received an master's
degree in administration from Columbia University in 1959
and doctorate degree in administration and labor law from
UCLA in 1965. He is a graduate of Nocona High School and
also attended University of Texas in Austin.
During his decade as president of ACU, the university's
endowment increased from $18 million to $56 million, and
Mabee Business Building and the Biblical Studies Building
were constructed. Teague served on the executive committee
for the Southern Regional Education Board and on the board
of directors for Independent Colleges and Universities of
He also served in the U.S. Navy and has been active in
many other civic organizations, including Abilene Chamber of
Commerce, March of Dimes, United Way, Kiwanis International,
Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, Serenity
House of Abilene and West Texas Rehabilitation Center.
Teague was executive assistant to the late Dr. Don H.
Morris, former ACU president, in 1952-57 before serving as
vice president of Harding University and Pepperdine
University. He also was vice president of Purex Corporation
and Kerr-McGee Corporation before returning to Abilene
Christian in 1981 as president.
He has been an elder for three congregations of the
Church of Christ. Teague also has served as a judge for the
Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., and his many
awards include Christian Educator of the Year and three
George Washington honor medals from the Freedoms
Dr. and Mrs. Teague have two daughters, one son and two
grandchildren. All three children are graduates of ACU
&endash; Helen Teague (ACU class of 1983) of Abilene, Susan
Reid (1974) of Abilene and Tom Teague (1972) of Dallas.
The Teague Special Events Center is the fourth building
on campus named for a former president of the university.
The others are the Don H. Morris Center, Sewell Theatre and
the John C. and Ruth Stevens wing of the library.
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