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Ann S. Bowers

The Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science will be the first at Cornell named for a woman.

A transformative nine-figure gift from Ann S. Bowers — a Silicon Valley champion and philanthropist — will establish the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, supporting Cornell's preeminence in these fields.

Her commitment will provide the enabling support for the construction of a new building for the Faculty of Computing and Information Science (CIS). The building will accommodate growth in CIS, where half of all Cornell undergraduates take at least one class and enrollment is increasing at a pace unmatched elsewhere at the university. It will also provide significant endowment support for faculty and students in CIS.

Bowers led human resources at Intel Corp. in the 1970s and was one of Apple's first vice presidents in the 1980s. She has been an active philanthropist for years. She chaired the board of The Noyce Foundation, which was established after the death of her husband, Intel co-founder Robert Noyce, in 1990. She has also been a longtime benefactor for Cornell.

Her gifts have included support for the construction of Gates Hall — CIS's current home — as well as for Cornell faculty and students in the liberal arts, science, technology, engineering and math, including endowed professorships and research scholarships.

From Cornell Chronicle
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