Throughout the 1980s a small school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as Southwest Biblical Seminary, served as a center of Bible-based education for local students, and operated as an extension center of a well-known seminary recognized for its pioneering work in the area of creative, nontraditional education. In 1989, the school moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where it continued to service students through on-campus and distance programs. In 1990, under the direction of Dr. Steven Collins and Dr. Thomas Collins, it became officially associated with an internationally-known Bible college and seminary, serving as its primary extension campus in the USA. It was soon widely recognized as Trinity Southwest, and continued to develop its own educational programs alongside its function as an extension campus. During the 1990s, Trinity Southwest became known as a regional center of Christian scholarship, drawing top scholars from across the nation and world for on-campus lectures and symposia. The TSU International Symposium on Archaeology & the Bible, held periodically, has become a unique and important event for biblical archaeology enthusiasts worldwide. In 2001, with its multi-college/institute structure, Trinity Southwest became an independent institution of higher education: Trinity Southwest University. Today, TSU makes its degree programs available to students, both local and around the globe, through multiple delivery systems—from surface and air delivery, to the ever-advancing Internet technologies.