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About ETBU

Meet Dr. Thomas Sanders

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” Isaiah 6:8

Dr. Thomas Sanders is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and has been employed by East Texas Baptist University since 2013. As the chief academic officer, his leadership responsibilities include seven academic schools and thirteen departments. He supervises the enrollment management of the dual enrollment program, the international program, the graduate education program, the Center for Academic Excellence including student success and support programs and initiatives, the Learning and Leading program which is a freshmen first year experience, the Global Education program, the Institutional Research and Accreditation department, our university community service and service learning program, the Institute for Economic Education, the Jarrett Library, and the Institutional Technology department.

Dr. Sanders is also involved in teaching undergraduate courses in Christian Education, Learning and Leading courses for freshmen, and weekly academic accountability with at-risk undergraduate students. Currently, he is chairing the University strategic planning process and also participates in many aspects of the University including student engagement, development, and athletics.

Dr. Sanders and his wife, Treva, have been married for 35 years. Treva has taught elementary school for over 30 years. They have three children. Katie is an Assistant District Attorney; Claire is an Emergency Room Nurse; Kyle is a high school teacher. They also have two grandchildren, Holt and Eleanor.