USD Law Alumnus Robert H. Gleason ’98 (JD) Named President of Evans Hotels

Robert H. Gleason '98 (JD)

San Diego (April 8, 2014) – Evans Hotels named University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Robert H. Gleason, ’98 (JD), president and chief executive officer, becoming the first executive outside of the Evans family to run the day-to-day operations of the company. Gleason oversees and directs all aspects of business strategy and performance growth for Evans Hotels, which includes the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla as well as the Bahia Resort Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa on Mission Bay.

Prior to his appointment, Gleason spent 15 years as the chief financial officer and general counsel of Evans Hotels. Having dedicated more than half of his life to the company, he first joined Evans Hotels as a reservations agent at the age of 18 and gradually worked his way up to CFO prior to earning his law degree.

Outside of his work, Gleason serves as the board chair of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the owner and operator of San Diego International Airport. He is also chair of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, a trustee of the Francis Parker School, and an executive committee member of the Princeton University Alumni Council. He remains an advisory board member of the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University, where he taught hospitality law and policy for many years.

Prior civic commitments include serving as a director of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, vice chair of the Old Globe, chair of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and vice chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

Gleason received an AB in Economics from Princeton University and a JD summa cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia and is a California real estate broker and Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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