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August 22, 2013 at 5:24 PM
Retired Microsoft senior vice president David Cole and his wife, Denise Cole, have given $500,000 to their alma mater, Western Washington University to establish a professorship in the business school.
The money will enable Western’s College of Business and Economics to hire its first professor of entrepreneurship.
The person hired will teach courses in and lead a new university-wide program resulting in an entrepreneurship minor. The goal is to increase the number of graduates in various fields who will launch their own organizations.
“The vision here is to provide entrepreneurial students with some of the knowledge, tools, and connections needed to turn their ideas into a business, creating jobs and corresponding social and economic benefit,” David Cole said in a news release from the university.
At Microsoft, Cole served in a variety of roles, including leading MSN and helping to develop Windows 3.0, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Internet Explorer, Windows CE, and Windows Live. He also served as a trustee at Western for three years.