James (J.R.) Foster
James (J.R.) Foster
Graduation Year: 2002
Induction Year: 2014
Sport (s): Men's Soccer, Men's Track and Field

James R. “J.R.” Foster ’02 distinguished himself as a two-sport athlete, leading the Tigers soccer team in the fall and competing on the track and field teams in the winter and spring.

On the soccer field, Foster was a three-time all-Mideast selection and a four-time all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference player who earned first team honors each of his final three years. He twice earned SCAC Player of the Week distinction and, as a senior, was the conference’s leader with 35 points and 1.94 points per game.

Foster’s 19 goals as a junior still rank fourth in school history and his 14 as a senior are tied for ninth. He finished his career with school records of 48 goals, 27 assists and 123 total points and each of those records still stand. During his four seasons, the Tigers posted a 54-17-4 record and competed in the NCAA Division III postseason in 1998 and 2000.

On the track, Foster was among DePauw’s all-time best sprinters as he won the 200-meter dash (22.17 seconds) at the 2001 SCAC Championships, hosted by DePauw, and finished second in the 100 meters (11.02 seconds).  As a senior, he earned all-SCAC honors again and improved upon both times, setting a school record in the 100 meters in 10.86 seconds. Foster also anchored the Tigers’ school record 4 x 100-meter relay (41.67 seconds) in the prelims of the 2002 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships for a 12th-place finish.

In fact, he is a member of the five fastest 4 x 100 relays in school history. His 23.09-second indoor time in the 200 meters also remains a school record as does the 1:32.61 finish in the 4 x 200 relay. Foster also was a member of both SCAC champion 4 x 100 relays.

He earned a B.A. in Art (studio) and started his commercial real estate career with Jones Lange LaSalle (now The Staubach Company). In October 2005, he helped form Emerging Capital Partners and in 2013 co-founded Robert Louis Group, one of the only minority-certified commercial real estate brokerage firms in the country. He serves as its president and CEO. Foster is actively involved in the betterment and development of his hometown of Cincinnati.