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SUNY Potsdam to Honor Michael Galane '74 With 2016 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award

Michael Galane ’74 will be recognized as the recipient of the 2016 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award during the Bicentennial Commencement Ceremony at SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY Potsdam has named Michael Galane '74 as the recipient of its 2016 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award, the highest award bestowed by the College. The annual recognition is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated steadfast support for SUNY Potsdam and the region through their leadership, advocacy, stewardship and service.

Galane will be recognized during the College's Commencement, on Saturday, May 21.

Michael Galane earned his bachelor's degree in computer science at SUNY Potsdam in 1974, and went on to complete his Master of Science degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Galane is a Vice President for the Hewlett-Packard Company, where he leads Technology Services for the Americas Enterprise Group for the Indirect Channel. His responsibilities include investment, compensation and overall design of the go-to-market structure for HP's indirect sales motion for distributors, resellers and system integrators.

Galane was previously the fulfillment operations manager for Enterprise Storage & Servers, Americas, where he led forecasting and planning. Prior to this, he managed supply chain operations for the company. Galane has also served as worldwide manager for remarketed systems and worldwide marketing manager for professional services. He began his career at Eastman Kodak, and has also held executive positions at HP in both research and development and in consulting. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Galane was the 2004 recipient of the Minerva Award from the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association.

Galane has represented HP on the board of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, as well as several educational, human services and arts organizations, including KidsFirst, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, the PowerHouse Science Center of Sacramento, Cupertino Community Services, DeAnza College and the Cupertino Division of the American Heart Association. He led three United Way Campaigns for HP's Cupertino campus, is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and was a founding director of the Industrial Computing Society of the Instrument Society of America.

On top of his professional accomplishments and service to his community, Galane is also a dedicated and generous supporter of his alma mater. He is the Vice President of the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees, where he helps to steward philanthropic giving to support SUNY Potsdam. In addition to his service on the Foundation Board, Galane is also a founding member of the SUNY Potsdam Computer and Information Sciences Board of Advisers. Galane is also a generous contributor to SUNY Potsdam, and has been instrumental in securing significant computer equipment donations to the College from HP.

In support of SUNY Potsdam, Galane serves as the National Co-Chair for Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam. His service to the College in this capacity has been significant, as he has provided constant leadership to help position the campaign for success. Under his leadership, the Take the Lead Campaign has exceeded all expectations—breaking records for generosity again and again. So far, the campaign has raised $33 million for scholarships, programs and unrestricted giving to support strategic priorities and the greatest need of the College. To learn more, visit

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Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. As the College marks its bicentennial in 2016, SUNY Potsdam will celebrate a 200-year legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and leadership in the arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community is nearing the completion of Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which has already raised $33 million for scholarships and programs.

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