Potsdam College Foundation Board Names New Leadership


The Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees selected new leadership this fall, and the new president and vice president will visit campus this week for the board’s spring meeting. Trustees elected Lynne Boles as president, and Michael Galane will serve as vice president. Both Boles and Galane are members of the Class of 1974.

About the Potsdam College Foundation Board President:

Lynne Boles graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1974 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. In 1975, she received her Master of Science degree in TV and radio from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While at Potsdam, Boles was the president and secretary of the Student Government Association, and also served as managing editor of The Racquette student newspaper. She is a sister of the Agonian Sorority.

Boles retired from Procter & Gamble as vice president of global advertising after a very successful 34-year career at P&G in marketing, advertising and communications. She was recognized as the Corporate Advertising Executive of the Year in 2009 by the Delaney Report and played a major role in P&G being named the Cannes-Lions Advertiser of the Year in 2008 and Ad Age Marketer of the Year in 2006.

Boles’ additional involvement includes serving as chair of SUNY Potsdam’s Marketing Committee. In 2006, Boles was the keynote speaker at the College’s 172nd Bachelor’s Commencement Ceremony, and in 2011 she was the keynote speaker for SUNY Potsdam’s Student Leader Conference. Boles was the recipient of the 2012 Minerva Award from the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association. She has shared her professional expertise with her alma mater, assisting in the development of a marketing and branding strategy for the campus. Boles also serves as a lead volunteer on the steering committee for Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam. She served as a lead donor on the Mary English Commons Project. She has been a faithful yearly donor since graduating, and has recently made a generous multi-year pledge to the Annual Fund for Potsdam, which provides support for the College’s greatest needs and opportunities.

In addition to her service to SUNY Potsdam, Boles serves as vice chair of the marketing committee for the Wellness Community/Cancer Care Board of Trustees, and is involved with the Breast Cancer Alliance of Cincinnati. Since her retirement, Boles has worked as an independent consultant in brand building and communications.

About the Potsdam College Foundation Board Vice President:

Michael Galane earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from The State University of New York at Potsdam in 1974, and completed his Master of Science degree coursework in computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Galane manages channel strategy and development for the Enterprise Group of the Hewlett-Packard Company. 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 consulting.

Galane has represented HP on the board of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, as well as several education, human services and arts organizations, including KidsFirst (Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County), 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.

In addition to his service on the Foundation Board, Mike is also a founding member of the College’s Computer and Information Sciences Board of Advisers. Galane was the 2004 recipient of the Alumni Association’s Minerva Award. In support of SUNY Potsdam, Galane serves as the national co-chair for the Take the Lead Campaign.

He is also a generous contributor to SUNY Potsdam, and has been instrumental in securing significant computer equipment donations to the College from HP. In 2010, SUNY Potsdam honored Galane, HP and the Student Government Association for their generosity by naming a computer classroom in their honor.

About the Potsdam College Foundation:

Established in 1968, the Potsdam College Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to stewarding the continued growth of private giving in support of SUNY Potsdam. Its mission is to ensure a quality future for the College and its people, by establishing endowments to support scholarships and programs to ensure campus needs are met. To learn more, visit www.potsdam.edu/giving/pcf.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.