Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr.
President: 2006 - Present
Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr., is the current president of Houston Baptist University and has served in this capacity since September 1, 2006. Under Dr. Sloan’s visionary leadership, the University is experiencing unprecedented growth as he and his administrative team work to implement the goals, or pillars, in HBU’s twelve-year vision, The Ten Pillars: Faith and Reason in a Great City
Undergraduate and graduate enrollments have increased under Dr. Sloan’s leadership. The University also has added several innovative new programs and courses of study and has plans to add others – including a doctoral program – within the next two years. Programs implemented within the 2012-2013 academic year include the Master of Arts in Philosophy and the Master of Arts in Apologetics. Exciting new undergraduate programs scheduled for implementation on June 1, 2013, include a minor in Family Studies, a major in Cinema and New Media Arts (BS), a major and minor in Great Texts (BA), and a Pre-Law program. Plans are also underway to add a 100 percent online Master of Education program by the spring of 2014 and to move HBU to the next level as a Christian university by adding a doctoral program in philosophy by the fall of that year.
Other changes to the undergraduate academic program under Dr. Sloan’s leadership include the launching of an Honors College in 2008 and implementation of a new interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core Curriculum in the fall of 2011. The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, or LACC, is designed to engage undergraduates with the greatest thinkers, authors, and artists in Western Civilization.
Other significant changes include the University’s return to full membership status in Division I of the NCAA; the decision to join the Southland Conference and play football in 2014; construction of Dunham Field; development of 59 and Fondren, Belin Drive, and the Plaza; the implementation of living/learning communities, including HBU’s new Freshman Village; the renovation of the Brown Administrative Complex, with its M. D. Anderson Student Center and Bettis Quadrangle; the election of non-Baptist Christians to the HBU Board of Trustees.
Campus facilities have expanded considerably with the construction of two new buildings – the University Academic Center and the imposing six-story residence college called the Lake House. In addition, the University acquired the state-of-the-art Memorial Hermann Wellness Center, located adjacent to the HBU campus on the Southwest Freeway. Now known as the Bradshaw Fitness Center, this new campus facility will enhance the University’s efforts to enrich the total student life experience and build a residential community of learning. It is one of many projects related to HBU’s goal of renewing both the campus and the community through an ongoing review of the University’s master plan.
All of these initiatives – and many still to come – reflect the work of Dr. Sloan and his administrative team in implementing the goals in HBU’s Ten Pillars
Dr. Sloan serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Symphony and the Greater Houston Partnership in addition to leadership roles on the boards of Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems - Community Relations, Houston Christian High School, Market Place Chaplains USA, and Orphan Outreach.
Dr. Sloan has published extensively and has pastored churches throughout Texas and beyond. He is the recipient of numerous awards, and has also held membership in a number of professional societies, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the Southwest Biblical Seminar, the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
Dr. Sloan previously served as the president and chancellor of Baylor University, where he was a member of the faculty and the founding dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
Dr. Sloan graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1970. He earned the Master of Divinity degree magna cum laude from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1973. He conducted post-baccalaureate research at the University of Bristol, England, from 1973 to 1974 and earned the Doktor der Theologie insigni cum laude from the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1978.
Dr. Sloan was born in Coleman, Texas, and grew up in Abilene. He is married to the former Sue Collier of Cisco, Texas. The Sloans have seven children, two daughters-in-law, and four sons-in-law: Charissa and Derrick; Bryan and Amy; Eraina and Bryan; Michael and Allison; Alathea and Justin; Sophie and Mac; and Paul. They also have fourteen grandchildren.