RONALD N. TUTOR, president and chief executive officer of the Tutor-Saliba Corp., one of the largest general contractors in the United States, has been elected to the USC board of trustees.
In announcing Tutor’s election, President Steven B. Sample said: “The Tutor name has long been associated with excellence within the construction industry – but Ron Tutor’s impact on this university has been equally tangible and remarkable. This very dedicated alumnus of our Marshall School of Business will now provide valuable leadership in coming years as a trustee of USC.”
Tutor has built the Tutor-Saliba Corp. into a major force in the U.S. heavy-construction industry: The firm ranks as one of the 10 largest heavy-construction companies in the country and is the sixth largest in the field of transportation.
Tutor-Saliba Corp., which has received more than $700 million in tunnel and station construction contracts, has played a dominant role in Los Angeles Metro Rail construction. The company has also participated in major construction projects for San Francisco Muni-Metro Rail, the San Francisco Airport Rail Transit Guideway, Phases I and II of the Ventura Freeway reconstruction, the Pittsburg to Antioch extension of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit, the Los Angeles Central Library, the San Diego Convention Center and the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The university’s Seeley G. Mudd Building and a recent addition to Heritage Hall were built by Tutor-Saliba.
TUTOR ALSO SERVES as chief operating officer and director of the Perini Corp., a construction firm based in Framingham, Mass. He is a board member of the Southdown Corp., the largest non-foreign-owned producer of cement in the United States, and a member of the American Concrete Institute.
Tutor is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award (1994), the Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce Contractor of the Year Award (1994), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Contractor of the Year Award for Civil Works Projects (1994) and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Real Estate and Construction Industry Humanitarian Award (1992).
He is a member of the advisory committee of the School of Engineering’s department of civil engineering and Cardinal and Gold.
In 1997 he gave $10 million to the Building on Excellence Campaign. Most of his gift will go toward construction of the Ronald N. Tutor Engineering Academic Center, a four-story undergraduate instructional building and research center on the University Park Campus. The center will feature 60,000 square feet of instructional space and a 24,000-square-foot research lab.
“I have always believed that the engineering school has the potential to become one of our country’s truly great centers of engineering research and teaching,” Tutor said at the time, “and the progress the school has made over the past five years supports this conclusion.
“My 50-year love affair with USC began in childhood, was fanned during my education there and continues through my long-term association with the university. With continuing good fortune in business, I am just so pleased to be able to share that gift with my alma mater.”
In 1991 Tutor helped to raise more than $5 million to revitalize and re-equip the engineering school’s department of civil engineering. In recognition of his efforts, he was presented the School of Engineering Award for Outstanding Service.
Tutor earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 1963. His daughter Tracy is a recent graduate of the School of Theatre; his daughter Kristin is a freshman in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.