Don A. Sanders

Don Sanders

Don A. Sanders

Position: Trustee
2012-2018

Don Sanders is the founder of Sanders Morris Harris, one of the nation’s leading investment firms. Prior to founding the SMH group in 1987, Sanders was employed by E.F. Hutton, one of the nation’s leading securities firms, for nearly 30 years and served as Executive Vice President and as a board member. Sanders received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. An active community leader, Sanders serves as a director for the Nolan Ryan Foundation, AdvoCare Texas Bowl, The Houston Police Foundation, and has also been a member of the Houston Police Officers Pension Board, as well as serving on the University Of Houston Board Of Regents. He previously served as Chairman of the Board and Director of Friends for Life, where his tremendous love for animals led him to personally finance Friends For Life, The Don Sanders Adoption Center, their state-of-the-art shelter and facility. At SHSU, Sanders has participated on the Share the Vision Capital Campaign Executive Leadership Council and as a past member of the board of directors for the SHSU Alumni Association, for which he is a Life Endowed Member. Sanders was honored in 1980 as a Distinguished Alumnus and was named to the COBA Hall of Honor in 2007. He shows his continued support of SHSU through the Don Sanders Baseball Endowment and other athletic programs. He has supported SHSU for more than 31 years and has been a member of the Samuel Houston Society for 10 years. Don lives in Houston with his wife Laura.