WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor University Regent Mark Hurd, a 1979 graduate who went onto head two high-profile Silicon Valley companies, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, has died at the age of 62.
“For the past five years Mark Hurd served tirelessly and selflessly on his alma mater’s Board," Board Chairman Jerry K. Clements said.
"He genuinely loved and cared for Baylor and contributed his time, strategic leadership and treasure to help achieve Baylor’s vision for the future as the preeminent Christian research university. Our Board will miss greatly his presence, wisdom and leadership. To the Hurd family, our thoughts, prayers and support are with you at this difficult time.”
Hurd took a leave of absence from Oracle a month ago for health reasons.
Larry Ellison, Oracle's founder and chairman, said at the time that he and co-CEO Safra Catz would take over his responsibilities.
Ellison says he will miss his close and irreplaceable friend.
Hurd joined Oracle as co-president in 2010 a month after leaving HP.
He resigned from HP after accusations of sexual harassment by a female contract worker and findings of inaccurate expense reports connected to outings with the contractor.
He was serving as vice chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents and was a member of the board’s Executive Committee.
Hurd and his wife Paula gave a lead gift in Nov. 2018 to launch the public phase of the $1.1 billion Give Light campaign.
"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,” he’s quoted as saying in his Board of Regents biography.
He was honored with the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008, a Baylor Legacy Award in 2012, and the 2012-2013 for his philanthropic and personal involvement with the University, his biography says.
“Many on our campus know Mark because of his lifelong love of tennis as a student-athlete and a generous supporter of Baylor’s national championship tennis program, which is housed in the building that bears his name, the Hurd Tennis Center," university president Dr. Linda Livingstone said.
"Most recently, Mark and his wife, Paula, served as co-chairs for our Give Light philanthropic campaign, and it was the Hurds who stepped forward with an inspirational gift for the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center, which will transform the campus and provide a welcoming front door to Baylor for generations to come."