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Buffalo-area businessman Terry Galanis, Jr., to receive honorary degree from Alfred University

Alfred University | 5/13/19

Alfred University Trustee Terry S. Galanis, Jr.
Alfred University Trustee Terry S. Galanis, Jr.

Alfred University Trustee Terry S. Galanis, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Sealing Devices, Inc., in Lancaster, will receive a Doctor of Commerce degree, honoris causa, at Saturday’s Commencement at 10 a.m. in – appropriately enough – the Galanis Family Arena, McLane Center.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University Trustee Terry S. Galanis, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Sealing Devices, Inc., in Lancaster, will receive a Doctor of Commerce degree, honoris causa, at Saturday’s Commencement at 10 a.m. in – appropriately enough – the Galanis Family Arena, McLane Center.

Terry S. Galanis, Jr., is the second member of the family to receive an honorary degree from Alfred University this spring. In a special ceremony April 22 at Sealing Device’s headquarters, the University bestowed a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, upon Terry S. Galanis, Sr., the 101-year-old founder of the firm.

“Both Terry Galanis, Sr., and Terry Galanis, Jr., are exemplary businesspeople, who believe family businesses have an obligation to give back to the community,” said Alfred University President Mark Zupan. “They live up to that ideal, in every way possible. There are few people who have been so committed to the University as the Galanises.”

Galanis, Jr., is a 20-year member of the Alfred University Board of Trustees and chairs its University Advancement Committee.

His affiliation with Alfred University began when Sealing Devices, Inc. won the Family Business Award from the College of Business, leading to the renaming of the award as the Galanis Family Business Award and to Galanis, Jr., joining the board.

A graduate of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, with a degree in business administration, Galanis, Jr., started his career with Eaton Corporation’s Construction Equipment Division in 1970. He rejoined Sealing Devices, the company his father had started in the family garage in 1963, in 1973; as a teen-ager, Terry Galanis, Jr., packed O-rings into plastic bags for distribution to Sealing Devices’s customers.

In 1984, when Galanis, Sr., “retired” – a misnomer because even at 101 he still goes to the office most days – Galanis, Jr., took over as president and CEO, guiding the firm through a sustained period of growth, serving customers in the industrial, aerospace, automotive and telecommunications markets.

The Galanis Family are long-time supporters of Alfred University. They made a gift to create the junior varsity football coach’s position, to increase playing opportunities for football recruits, and another to renovate the McLane Center gymnasium, which has been renamed the Galanis Family Arena in their honor.

Galanis, Jr., has been active in the Buffalo community as a member of the boards of the Iroquois High School Foundation, the Conax Corporation, the Gasket Fabricators Association and as a member of the Empire Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization.

He and his wife Nancy are the parents of three daughters: Jessica Kwiteck, Katherine Verni and Elizabeth Miller, and the grandparents of five.

The University will also award 286 baccalaureate degrees; 67 master’s degrees; and three doctoral degrees during Saturday’s ceremony.

Commencement speaker will be philanthropist and businessperson Dr. Marlin Miller ’54, who is member of the Board of Trustees and chair emeritus of the Board. He will receive a Doctor of Arts degree, honoris causa, for his support of the visual and performing arts at Alfred University. He received a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, in 1989.