Sandy comes to the study and teaching of religion from a deep background in law and government. He received his bachelor's degree with great distinction from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his law degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also served as president of the student government.
He started his legal career as an associate in a Washington law firm and has since been a partner and recently senior counsel at law firms in Dallas and Austin. He has served in numerous government positions during his career. He was deputy assistant secretary at the US Treasury Department in Washington during the Carter Administration, president of the Dallas School Board, and Senior Education Advisor in the White House to President George W. Bush.
Though active in partisan politics earlier in his career, Sandy's commitment over the last 20 years has turned to the nonpartisan endeavor of reforming public education. He has served at the request of Lieutenant Governor Bullock and Governors Bush and Perry on numerous state panels to improve education in Texas. Over the past decade, Sandy has increasingly turned his spirit and energy to study, writing, and teaching on religious matters, especially sacred text and wisdom.