Vice President for University Relations
Sharon Saunders is the Vice President for University Relations at Houston Baptist University where she serves in the Office of the President as chief of staff and also oversees the Office of University Events and Conferences.
Saunders is the Executive Director of The Guild, a group of civic-minded, dedicated Christian women of many denominations whose mission is to serve the President and the University. Since 1995, The Guild has contributed more than $1.4 million to HBU for graduate scholarships in education and theology, special projects and The Guild Institute in Christian Family Studies. The Guild has provided a total of 155 annual awards to new and continuing recipients, and 28 endowed scholarships. The Guild Institute for Christian Family Studies was launched to support projects, lecture and activities that strengthen the Christian family.
Saunders was named the recipient of the University’s highest awards, the Mayfield Outstanding Staff Award and the Hallmark Award. In 2003 The Guild recognized her efforts with the naming of the Sharon E. Saunders Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Education. She has served in a number of capacities during her tenure with the University including overseeing Advancement, Admissions, and Marketing. She represents the University in a number of venues with both internal and external organizations.
Saunders has served on a number of professional boards including leadership positions as President of the Texas Baptist Public Relations Association and the Association of Communicators in Baptist Education. She also served as a member of the Board of Fort Bend Christian Academy and on the board of the Education Foundation for Fort Bend Independent School District. She currently serves the community through membership on boards of the Women’s Fund and The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
In her leadership role, the University has been named the recipient of awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the Texas Public Relations Association, the Association of Women in Communication, and the Baptist Communications Association.
Saunders holds a bachelors of arts degree, cum laude, from The University of Texas – Pan American, and the masters of education degree from Texas A&M University. Saunders is also an Honorary Alumnus of Houston Baptist University.
Contact Sharon at:
Houston Baptist University
Houston, TX 77074
Office Phone: (281) 649-3206
Fax: (281) 649-3441