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Zack Hutchins
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Council co-chair named to SUNY Board of Trustees

ALBANY— Linda Sanford, a senior vice president at IBM and co-chair of The Business Council of New York State, has been confirmed by the state Senate as a member of the State University Board of Trustees.

Sanford, who was nominated to the Board of Trustees by Governor Eliot Spitzer in June 2007, served as chairman of the Council from 2005 through 2006, and is and is now serving as co-chair.

Her nomination to SUNY's board was approved by the Senate on January 29. During the committee's hearing before the vote, Sanford emphasized her vision for SUNY, saying she hoped the system would help the state produce more math and science graduates and succeed in today's global economy.

Sanford also told lawmakers she would serve the Board of Trustees by encouraging ongoing dialogue between SUNY and business and help to build collaborations between business and higher education around research and innovation.

Sanford, who serves as IBM's senior vice president for enterprise on demand transformation and information technology, has helped The Business Council to develop its own innovation agenda, and has been instrumental leading the Council's Committee on Innovation.

In her position at IBM, Sanford leads the strategy for the companys' internal transformation to the industry's premier on-demand business. She is responsible for working across IBM to transform core business processes, create an information-technology infrastructure to support those processes, and help create a culture that recognizes the value that on-demand leadership can bring to IBM.

She has served in several executive positions at IBM and has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Fortune Magazine, one of the Top Ten Innovators in the Technology Industry by Information Week Magazine, and one of the Ten Most Influential Women in Technology by Working Woman Magazine.