Robert Sanborn

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Dr. Robert Sanborn
Born 1959
Residence Houston, TX
Nationality American
Alma mater Florida State University
Columbia University
Occupation President/CEO of Children at Risk
Spouse(s) Ellen Sanborn

Robert Sanborn is a nationally known activist for education and children and is the President/CEO of Children At Risk in Houston, Texas. He has been president since 2005.[1][2] Sanborn was born in Caribou, Maine and raised in Puerto Rico.

Sanborn served on the staff and/or faculties of Rice University (Associate Dean & Faculty), Hampshire College (Dean & Faculty), Columbia University (Staff & Faculty), the University of Tulsa (Vice President & Faculty), Emory University (Staff) and the University of Massachusetts (Faculty).[2] He also served as the CEO of the Education Foundation of Harris County[2] where his accomplishments included a significant rise in resources, partnerships and visibility for urban public education.

He earned his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and his doctorate at Columbia University in New York City.[2] He has also served as an advisor and board member to numerous non-profit organizations.

Dr. Sanborn is an editor of Growing Up in Houston and has authored 12 books and over forty articles on education, career development and related education topics. He has hosted his own radio and television programs, and has spoken to numerous conferences, civic, business, education, and student groups on a variety of topics.

On May 1, 2009, the University of Houston–Downtown announced that Sanborn was one of four candidates to become the next president of the university.[3]


  1. ^ Houston Chronicle. 2005, December 11. "People In Business." p. B4.
  2. ^ a b c d Houston Press. 2006, February 23. "Children at Risk." NEWS; Featured Stories.
  3. ^ Daves, Sue (2009-05-01). "UHD Presidential Search Narrows to 4 Candidates". University of Houston–Downtown. Retrieved 2009-05-02.