Mark Hurd was born in 1957 in New York City, growing up on the Upper East Side. As a child, Hurd attended the all-boys Browning school until moving to Miami for high school. Mark’s early life would subsequently be dominated by sports; he started playing tennis the day he got to Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School and became a top 10 ranked player in Florida (in an interview with Business Insider, he notes that the Florida rankings were actually more competitive than those in New York). His talent was noticed, and Hurd was recruited by Baylor to attend the university on a tennis scholarship, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing management in 1979.
With a full academic schedule as a scholarship athlete and president of a fraternity, Hurd learned the value of time and organization.
Hurd told the Baylor Business Review in 2006: “I didn’t have a lot of time. I had a lot of things I wanted to get done while I was there, and it caused me to learn to discipline myself.”
Mark Hurd, former president of Phi Delta Theta, continues to support the fraternity by meeting with his chapter in Waco, Texas to discuss his experiences and strategies for Phi Delta Theta. The fraternity honored Hurd in 2010 with the Nance-Millett Free Enterprise Award, recognizing individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the free enterprise system.
In 2014, Hurd joined the university’s Board of Regents. He was named Vice Chair of the
Board of Regents Finance and Facilities Committee for the 2016-2017 term, where he provides strategic oversight of Baylor’s financial matters.
Mark Hurd has been married to his wife Paula for over 25 years. Paula worked at NCR Corporation in Dallas, where she was a senior executive. The two married in 1990 and have two daughters. The family resides in the Bay Area.