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August 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Gift to WWU will create entrepreneurship minor

A retired Microsoft executive has given $500,000 to Western Washington University, enabling the school to hire its first professor of entrepreneurship and create a minor in the subject, the university announced Thursday.

The gift is from former Microsoft vice president David Cole and his wife, Denise, both of whom graduated from Western. The new position will be part of Western’s College of Business and Economics, and will provide leadership for students who want to minor in entrepreneurship – a new offering at the university.

The program’s goal is to increase the number of graduates who can launch and run their own organizations and create jobs.

Business college dean Brian Burton said the gift will allow the school to create a baseline set of courses in entrepreneurship, as well as courses to help students with specialized interest areas, such as social entrepreneurship, technology and lean start-ups.

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