Potsdam alumni couple Gary Hind, Class of ’77, and Deborah (Diefendorf) Hind, Class of ’75, have made a gift to their alma mater in honor of Deborah’s 35th class reunion, with most of it going to create endowed scholarships in honor of two of the college’s longtime deans who will retire in 2010.
Dr. Galen K. Pletcher, Dean of Arts and Sciences, who plans to retire in August, and Dr. William J. Amoriell, Dean of Education and Professional Studies, who will retire in December, will both be honored.
The Galen K. Pletcher Scholarship will be awarded annually to a junior majoring in an Arts and Sciences discipline at SUNY Potsdam who is involved in a collaborative discovery project with a faculty member, can demonstrate financial need and maintains a 3.0 grade point average.
The William J. Amoriell Scholarship will be awarded annually to a junior in the School of Education and Professional Studies who can demonstrate financial need and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to non-traditional adult learners.
Their donation also includes support for their own Gary and Deborah Hind Scholarship Endowment, established by the couple in 2005, as well as funds for scientific equipment and the College’s unrestricted fund.
“Gary and Debbie have been generous and loyal donors to the College for many years. They are also dedicated volunteers: Gary is a member and former president of the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees, and Debbie is a member and former president of the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association,” College President Dr. John F. Schwaller said in a quote on the school’s website. “We are delighted that they have chosen to honor Dean Pletcher and Dean Amoriell, who have made significant contributions to SUNY Potsdam during their tenures. Gary and Debbie have each appreciated working with Bill and Galen over the years and wanted to recognize the contributions they have made to their alma mater.
“Funding for scholarships is one of the College’s highest priorities. Scholarships are essential for SUNY Potsdam to continue its mission of providing access to deserving students and to recruit and retain academically promising students.”
Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts college nestled on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park. Among the 64 units of The State University of New York system, SUNY Potsdam has the longest history and currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. It is well known for its academically challenging liberal arts and sciences and teacher education programs, as well as its world-renowned Crane School of Music.