Each member institution of the Ivy League is represented by one male and one female honoree, and all 16 will be recognized in groups of four during halftime at each of the semifinal games at the inaugural Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments on March 11 at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
Boudreaux graduated with honors from Dartmouth and earned an MBA with distinction in finance and health care administration from Columbia Business School. On the basketball court, she was a four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection and three-time Ivy League Player of the Year, averaging 21.9 points and 18.4 rebounds per game.
Three times Boudreaux led the Big Green women’s basketball team to an Ivy League title and became the program’s all-time leading scorer (1,933 points) and rebounder (1,635). A two-time Academic All-American and a third-team All-American as a senior, she still holds 17 other Dartmouth records, including most points and most rebounds in a single game and a season.
Boudreaux was a star for the Dartmouth track and field team as well, winning four consecutive Ivy League shot put championships and one discus title as she earned a spot on the All-America first team as a senior.
Boudreaux is chief executive officer of GKB Global Health, LLC, a health care strategy and business advisory firm she founded in 2015. Prior to establishing GKB Global Health, she was CEO of UnitedHealthcare, where she was responsible for the largest business division of UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s biggest benefits provider, serving 45 million individuals and with revenue of $120 billion.
Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Boudreaux served as executive vice president, external operations, for Health Care Service Corporation and held several regional and national leadership positions at Aetna. Fortune honored her from 2008 to 2014 as one of its 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.
In 1999, Boudreaux was named to the Ivy League’s 25-year anniversary basketball team and Dartmouth’s 25-year anniversary teams in both basketball and track and field. She is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and was one of six individuals nationally to receive the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award in 2006 for outstanding professionalism and athletic achievement.
Dartmouth’s connection to the family runs deep with sons Christopher graduating in 2015 and Evan currently a sophomore. Boudreaux’s legacy lives on in Evan, a forward on Dartmouth men’s basketball team. He was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 and was selected to the 10-player American Basketball Coaches Association All-District I Team as a freshman. A Dartmouth trustee, in 2015, Gail and husband Terry with their family endowed the Big Green women’s basketball head coaching position.
Leede distinguished himself in every respect throughout his college and professional career, not to mention a stint with the United States Marines that interrupted his studies. He earned a degree in chemistry from Dartmouth while starring for the basketball team, becoming the first Big Green player to score 1,000 points in a career, then went on to earn his MBA from Harvard in 1953 after a two-year stint in the NBA.
Leede held the Dartmouth scoring record with 1,331 points for more than two decades, serving as captain of the team as a senior and earning all-league honors in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League each of his four years on the team. He played in the East-West game during his senior campaign before being drafted in the third round by the Providence Steamrollers of the Basketball Association of America, which shortly thereafter merged with another league to form the NBA.
Leede’s NBA career lasted two seasons with the Boston Celtics, during which time he scored nearly 1,000 points. After finishing his master’s degree, he went on to a successful career in the oil and gas business, establishing Leede Exploration, in Midland, Texas, which has evolved to include business interests in a variety of industry sectors, including oilfield services, manufacturing, real estate development, IT and e-commerce.
Leede’s service to the college also included being vice-chairman for major gifts in the Campaign for Dartmouth, a four-year term on the Dartmouth College Athletic Council, and gift chairman for his class reunion. In 1985, he and his wife, Margaret Anne, established the Margaret Anne and Edward Leede 1949 Distinguished Professorship. Two years later, Leede was recognized by Dartmouth for his many contributions with the naming of the basketball arena in his honor.