Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tech Billionaire Gives Millions to Harvard and U. of Oregon

The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 13th, 2014

Steve Ballmer, the billionaire former Microsoft chief executive, was behind two large donations announced on Thursday: $50-million to the University of Oregon and an unspecified amount to Harvard University.
Oregon will receive the $50-million from Mr. Ballmer and his wife, Connie Ballmer, an alumna of the college, to tackle a variety of initiatives, including new professorships, scholarships, and a marketing campaign. The Register-Guard reports that the donation is the second-largest in the university’s history.
The donation to Harvard, Mr. Ballmer’s alma mater, will finance an expansion of its computer-science faculty, The Boston Globe reports. The department will add 12 faculty members in the next few years, largely as a result of the donation, bringing its total to 36. By comparison, Stanford University has about 50 faculty members, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has 55, in the field.

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