Chief of Staff &
Vice President for University Relations
Sharon Saunders serves as the Chief of Staff to the President in addition to her responsibilities as Vice President for University Relations at Houston Baptist University. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President and oversees the Office of University Events and Conferences as well as special recognition events.
Saunders also serves as 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 $1.6 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 194 annual awards to new and continuing recipients and 33 endowed scholarships. The Guild Institute for Christian Family Studies was launched to support projects, lectures 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, for her efforts and contributions to the HBU Alumni Association. She has been named honoree of The Guild’s 2015 Silver Tea in recognition of her leadership to The Guild and the University and her commitment to Christian higher education. 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 Directors of Fort Bend Christian Academy and as a member of the Board of Trustees with the Education Foundation for Fort Bend Independent School District. Additionally, she has served as a member on the board of the Women’s Fund, where she is a lifetime member, and as a member of 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 bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from The University of Texas – Pan American, and a master of education degree from Texas A&M University. Saunders was named an Honorary Alumnus of Houston Baptist University in 2001.
Contact Sharon at:
Houston Baptist University
Houston, TX 77074
Office Phone: (281) 649-3206
Fax: (281) 649-3441