The Best of 2000
William H. Gates

William H. Gates

UW Recognition Award

UW Connections: Besides earning his undergraduate and law degrees at the UW in 1949 and 1950, Gates has served on the UW Board of Regents since 1997. He has been a director of the UW Foundation and on visiting committees for the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law.

Public Service: Gates was a major fund-raiser for the Campaign for the Student Athlete, Daniel J. Evans Endowment for Excellence in Public Service, and the new building for the School of Law, which will carry his name. He also established the Mary Gates Endowed Scholarship for undergraduate students. As co-chair and CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates is responsible for helping guide one of the nation's largest charitable foundations. In 1995, he helped found the Technology Alliance, a cooperative regional effort to expand technology-based employment in Washington. As a successful attorney, Gates served as president of both the Seattle/King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association. His leadership and contributions to community service earned him the E. Donnall Thomas Medal of Achievement in 1998.

Quote: "What makes Bill stand out from other successful professionals ... is his unwavering commitment to the University and the surrounding community. In Seattle and beyond, Bill is recognized as a leader among leaders." ---Lynn Hogan, interim vice president for development

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