Whitman College in Walla Walla is establishing a computer science program, and a computer science chair, thanks in large part to a gift from Microsoft.
The college has offered computer science courses since the 1970s but has not had a formal computer science program until now.
A $2.5 million gift from private donors, including Microsoft, changed that.
Microsoft contributed a significant portion of that $2.5 million, allowing the college to establish the chair, said Michelle Ma, a Whitman spokeswoman.
The search to fill the new Microsoft Chair of Computer Science is underway, and there will be expanded course offerings beginning in the fall of 2015, according to the college.
“Computer science drives innovation that touches every aspect of our daily lives – business, government, education, health care and the arts,” Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel, said in a statement. “Students at colleges throughout the state should have the opportunity to discover the exciting opportunities that it can create for their futures.”