Dr. Edward D. Hodo

Dr. Edward D. Hodo
President 1987- 2006
President Emeritus 2006-present


Dr. Edward D. (Doug) Hodo served as president of Houston Baptist University from June 1, 1987 until his retirement in July of 2006. In September of 2006, the Board of Trustees honored Dr. Hodo and his wife, Sadie, for their 19 years of service to the University by naming them President Emeritus and First Lady Emeritus.

During his service as president, Dr. Hodo created an integrated leadership team that resulted in informed decision making and effective internal communication processes for the University.  Under his leadership, new academic programs were developed, and campus facilities expanded to include the Hinton Center, the Baugh Center, the Husky Village Apartments and the Glasscock Center. In 2006, construction began on the first phase of the Morris Cultural Arts Center, which was dedicated in 2007.

Dr. Hodo was born in Amory, Mississippi. He entered the University of Mississippi in 1952 but left to serve in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He re-entered the University of Mississippi in 1956 and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1958.

Dr. Hodo continued his education at the University of Mississippi and received both a Master of Education in Personnel Guidance and a Master of Science in Banking and Finance in 1965 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics and Finance in 1968. From 1968 to 1970, he served as associate professor of economics and finance at Nicholls State University, and in 1970, he accepted a position as associate professor of economics and finance at Middle Tennessee State University, where he served as director of the Center for Research on Business and Economics. In 1972, Dr. Hodo became dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a position he held until he became president of Houston Baptist University.

Dr. Hodo is married to the former Sadie Branch of Sidon, Mississippi. The Hodos currently reside in Boerne, Texas. They have three children (Allison, Doug, Jr., and Patrick), eight grandsons and two granddaughters.