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. In addition to playing on the tennis team, Hurd served as recruitment chair and as 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."
Mark 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 has received the Baylor Business Legend Award from the Houston Baylor Business Network.
Mark Hurd credits his time at the University for equipping him with the skills necessary to become a successful leader. Recalling his time at Baylor, he said, "I carried a full academic load, was a scholarship athlete, and was trying to be part of a fraternity. I think all of that taught me the value of time and organization." When mentioning role models and notable professors, Mark cites Dr. Clifton Williams as having a profound influence on his career through his lessons on leadership versus management.
Baylor played an important role in developing Mark Hurd's business acumen. 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 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, which has fielded several men's and women's top-10 Division 1 tennis teams over the past decade.
Oracle Corporation and Mark Hurd also are supporting collegiate tennis through the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Oracle and ITA have partnered to develop the Oracle/ITA Masters as well as the Oracle U.S. Tennis Awards, a $100,000 grant given to recognize exemplary sportsmanship of young tennis professionals.
Mark Hurd has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and Fox Business Network to share his perspective on artificial intelligence, cloud services, and other contemporary 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.
Mark Hurd is the chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors, where 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 headed Oracle's Class Of program, which has recruited thousands of recent college graduates to Oracle's sales force.
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd's Class Of recruitment initiative provides new entrants to the workforce with professional development and training opportunities for long-term career success. Each Class Of participant goes through a training program designed to introduce them to the range of Oracle cloud offerings in preparation for a sales career.