Mark Hurd attended Baylor University on a tennis scholarship and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He is a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and serves on the Advancement and Development Committee and the Finance and Facilities Committee.
During his time at Baylor, in addition to playing on the tennis team, Hurd served as recruitment chair and president of the Texas Lambda chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Hurd has said of Baylor, “I love this school and what it did for me…When you take part in the progress of Baylor, you build a lot of pride.” Hurd has been recognized by Baylor University for his contributions to the University and its tennis program with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008, a Baylor Legacy Award in 2012, and the 2012-2013 Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award for his philanthropic and personal involvement with the University. Hurd also received the Baylor Business Legend Award from the Houston Baylor Business Network
In November 2018, Mark and Paula Hurd gave a lead gift to launch the public phase of Give Light, a $1.1 billion comprehensive philanthropic campaign for the future of Baylor. Their gift, one of the largest in Baylor history, will create a new entry point to the University – the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center. Designed to serve as a center for academic, social and cultural activities, the Hurd Welcome Center will offer visitors a high-tech, interactive introduction to Baylor.
Hurd credits his time at Baylor for equipping him with the skills necessary to become a successful leader. In an interview with Baylor Business Review, he recalled how Baylor taught him important lessons on time management, building teams aligned to a common goal, and the value of being part of a community. “Frankly,” Hurd noted, “my days at Baylor were not too different from my days as part of a company. I had to manage my time. I had to divide it into certain pieces so that I’d get as much done as I possibly could.” Hurd has been a guest speaker at Baylor events as a representative from the technology and business communities. In 2014, he delivered the keynote address at the eighth annual Baylor Global Business Forum, speaking on “Big Data in a Shrinking World.”
In 2009, Baylor named its tennis clubhouse the Hurd Tennis Building in recognition of the Hurd family’s role in improving the facilities, and the University’s larger tennis complex was named the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011. Baylor University hosted the NCAA Tennis Championships in 2015, and Tennis Magazine named the Hurd Tennis Center the No. 1 college tennis facility in the United States. Hurd has also supported the Baylor Bear Foundation and the Men’s Tennis Excellence Fund as part of his contributions to Baylor sports. Hurd’s contribution to Baylor tennis has helped create one of the strongest programs in the country, fielding several men’s and women’s top-10 Division 1 tennis teams over the past decade.
Mark Hurd is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors. He is responsible for directing corporate strategy, managing sales and marketing direction, and growing Oracle’s cloud offerings. During Hurd’s tenure at Oracle, he has helped drive the company’s transition to an industry leader in cloud computing. He also launched Oracle’s Class Of program, which has recruited thousands of recent college graduates to Oracle’s sales force. Hurd has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and Fox Business Network to share his perspective on artificial intelligence, cloud services, and other cutting-edge technologies. He previously served as the CEO of NCR Corporation as well as chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard. He was listed as one of Fortune magazine's 25 Most Powerful People in Business in 2007, received the American Football Association's CEO Coach of the Year award in 2009, and was listed multiple times as one of the Market's Best Managers by Forbes.