On Princeton's campus, Meg Whitman ’77 is widely known as a generous donor and the namesake of Whitman College, one of Princeton's four-year residential colleges, which opened its doors in the fall of 2007. But during last year's presidential primaries, the then-CEO of eBay also became known for raising funds, taking a prominent role in the campaign of friend and former colleague Mitt Romney. Apparently, that was just the beginning of Whitman's life in politics. Earlier this week, she announced she is exploring a bid for the Republican nomination in California's 2010 gubernatorial race.

"Meg 2010 - A New California" appears to be Whitman's new slogan (or at least that's the banner on her campaign Web site), and her early priorities include restoring economic prosperity and educational excellence. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, published Feb. 11, the candidate said her corporate background would be an asset during tough economic times. Said Whitman: "I think maybe it is about time for a governor who has created jobs, who's managed a budget, who's led and inspired large organizations, who listens well, and who can drive an agenda."

(Photo: Office of Communications, Princeton University)

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