Staff and Administration

Staff

Noble Monroe, 1948

Noble Monroe

Noble Monroe joins the Austin Seminary maintenance staff in 1921, working for 27 years before retiring. The 1948 Theolog is dedicated to him, honoring him for his service, and for his notably cheerful and friendly character.

Sharon Alexander, undated

Sharon Alexander

In 1969, Sharon Alexander becomes the first African American administrative assistant at Austin Seminary, serving as the assistant to Prescott Williams until 1978.

Alexander, a lifetime resident of Austin, has since worked for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and the Austin Public Health Department.

She is a member of Ebenezer Third Baptist Church, a national champion in the game of bridge, and a skilled artist.

Sharon Alexander, 1970

Sharon Alexander in her office, 1970

Elsworth "Pete" Wright and Joe T. Sheeler at the Austin Seminary Association banquet, 1976

Elsworth "Pete" Wright

In 1976, Elsworth "Pete" Wright becomes the first African American to receive the Austin Seminary Association (ASA) Award for Service.

Wright was part of the Seminary's maintenance staff for 40 years, from 1956 to 1996. Known as a fishing enthusiast, Wright was gifted a fishing pole at time of his retirement.

Elsworth "Pete" Wright Birthday, 1991

Wright at his 1991 birthday party hosted by Austin Seminary

Administration

Jacqueline Saxon, undated

Jacquline Saxon

Jacqueline Saxon is the first African American to serve as a cabinet member and Vice President of Austin Seminary. She is a 2000 graduate of Austin Seminary with a Master in Divinity, served as Admissions Counselor from 2006 to 2009, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Vocation from 2009 to 2017. She currently serves as the Executive Minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches.

Staff and Administration