Jeff Raikes, the longtime Microsoft executive who resigned earlier this year to take the helm of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is boosting the computer science program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Raikes is a proud Nebraska native, whose family still runs a farm there. He’ll talk about it on any occasion, such as over USDA Prime steaks at Daniel’s Broiler.
Earlier this summer, the University of Nebraska computer science program was renamed the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management.
Raikes is scheduled to give a lecture there Friday — “Business and Leadership Lessons” — as part of the school’s dedication.
He and wife Tricia donated $10 million through their charitable foundation to launch a campaign for the school.
In other former-Microsofties-to-head-the-Gates-Foundation news, Patty Stonesifer, who handed the Foundation’s reins over to Raikes earlier this month, was elected chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents on Monday.