1982 BOB QUIN AWARD
Bobby Tudor came to Rice from Pineville High School in Pineville, Louisiana where he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed”. Pursued relentlessly by powerhouse basketball universities during their recruiting efforts, Bobby made it known that he was most interested in academics which then led to aggresive recruiting by Harvard and Yale to try to land him. Between the competition of these schools to get Bobby, he was called by Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Senator Ted Kennedy and former Rice and professional football great, Dr. Frank Ryan, working at Yale but recruiting him for Rice. Fortunately, it was Rice that he chose and as his father said, he consistently made really good choices.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Legal Studies at Rice and was a two time team captain and an outstanding member of the Rice Owl basketball team. Following graduation, he spent two years as a professional basketball player for Turnerschaft Raifeissen in Innsbruck, Austria. While in Austria, he also taught English, utilizing his Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, at The Franziskaner Academie.
He attended Tulane Law School in New Orleans and was awarded his JD in 1987, after which he went to work in the Corporate Finance Department as an Associate for Goldman Sachs in New York. He also worked in the Merger Department there before transferring to Goldman Sachs in Houston as an Associate in their Investment Banking Services Department. Bobby was promoted to Vice President in that department and then became Managing Director and Head of the Southwest Region, supervising professionals in the Houston and Dallas offices.
Bobby was made Partner of the firm in 1998. He served on the Goldman Sachs Regional Offices Operating Committee to address issues specific to the regional offices. As he continued to rise in the organization, Bobby moved to London and
Bobby is married to Phoebe Brian Tudor and they have three children. He has been extremely active in the community throughout his career and has served on numerous boards and has been an executive officer in several of them. He has served on the Board of the Society for the Performing Arts in Houston, the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, the Houston Public Library, the Houston Symphony, the Board of Visitors of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston Katrina/Rita Fund, the Tulane Law School Advisory Board, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival National Advisory Board, St. John the Divine Church Endowment Committee and the Deltic Timber Corporation Board of Directors. Here's a short video clip of Bobby following his leadership of the annual United Way fund drive in 2010-11, thanking the community for its response. Click 2010-11 United Way Campaign to see his typical, gracious offering of thanks.
Of special significance also has been his service to Rice as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Association of Rice Alumni, President of the “R” Association, Co-Chair of the Rice University Design Alliance Gala, the Rice University Fund Counsel and the Rice University Humanities Advisory Board. He and his wife Phoebe, gave the generous and significant gift that enabled Rice to move forward with a major renovation of Autry Court in 2007. In November, 2008, the Tudor Fieldhouse was dedicated and, for the first time since Autry Court was built, a renovated, multi-purpose facility opened, housing Autry and the athletic offices, locker rooms and training facilities. Bobby is shown to the right at the dedication ceremony.
With a successful conclusion in 2013, Bobby co-chaired the largest fundraising campaign in Rice's history, the $1 billion Centennial Campaign. In July, 2013, Bobby Tudor ascended to the top of Rice's leadership as the Chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees, succeeding Jim Crownover "65, who said of him, "Bobby is 'intensely local,' like Rice. He is very committed to Rice, to his community and to his family. But also like Rice, he has had extensive global experience and accomplishments."
Bobby described Rice as "a beacon in the world of college athletics" for its commitment to the idea that athletic and academic success are not mutually exclusive, and for the quality of student-athlete that Rice produces. About his decision to come to Rice, Bobby said. "I chose Rice as my university because I felt it was one of the few places in the country where I could have the best of the two worlds that mattered most to me -- a first-rate undergraduate education, and Division I athletic competition of the highest order." In 2007, he was awarded the Distinguished "R" Award for his achievements and is shown to the left at the presention by John Sylvester, "R" Association President. Even as Bobby Tudor excelled as a scholar and an athlete, he set the stage for a remarkable career of achievement and service and has lived the qualities throughout his life that earned for him, the Bob Quin Award.