Bourdreaux '82 awarded NCAA athletic honor

by Katy O'Donnell | 11/13/06 6:00am

Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82 will be presented with one of the six 2007 NCAA Silver Anniversary awards on Jan. 7, the NCAA announced last week. The award recognizes former standout student-athletes in various sports who have gone on to excel in their chosen professions.

Boudreaux, the executive vice president for External Operations for Health Care Service Corporation, played basketball and was on the track and field team during her time at Dartmouth. A four-time first team all-Ivy League selection and three-time Ivy League Player of the Year as a basketball player, she was also an all-American shot putter.

Boudreaux's basketball success earned her a spot on the Ivy League Silver Anniversary women's basketball team, as well as numerous school records, 23 of which are still standing -- most notably career scoring (1,933 points) and career rebounds (1,635).

She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

On campus, Boudreaux was one of four student members of the Dartmouth College Athletic Council and a member of the Green Key Society. She also worked as an English tutor for the Intensive Academic Support Program, held leadership positions in the Aquinas House and volunteered at the Shriner's Hospital.

Boudreaux earned an MBA in finance and health care administration from Columbia Business School following graduation from Dartmouth.

She joined Aetna immediately afterwards and held several managerial positions before rising to the rank of senior vice president responsible for Aetna's Group Insurance Business.

She joined Health Care Service Corporation as president of its Illinois Division in 2002. As its executive vice president today, she oversees the corporation's Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Bordreaux is also in charge of the corporation's subsidiaries, which include Fort Dearborn Life, Colorado Bankers Life and Dental Network of America.

Bordreaux could not be reached for comment.

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