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Outstanding Alumni Awards

David M. GaltonDavid M. Galton has been a member of the CALS faculty since 1981, when there were just 25 undergraduates enrolled in the dairy management program. Today, there are more than 140 students enrolled in the program, which has become one of the premier undergraduate teaching programs in dairy science and management in North America.

Within the multidisciplinary curriculum that he has advocated since arriving at Cornell, David is the lead instructor of four courses in dairy management and the leader of the Dairy Fellows Program, which offers hands-on experience to juniors and seniors seeking careers in the dairy industry. The Dairy Fellows program is credited with helping to increase the enrollment of dairy-oriented students majoring in animal science.

David is the faculty advisor to the Zeta chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, and coached the Cornell Dairy Cattle Judging Team to eight national titles.

He is regarded as the visionary and driving force behind the enhancement of the PRODAIRY program that has served the New York dairy industry for the past two decades. David served as Director for the past 13 years and has attracted an outstanding group of dairy specialists to address issues of the dairy production industry. The program is recognized as one of the premier dairy industry applied research and outreach programs in the country. He was also instrumental in envisioning the Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) and the role that it has served in addressing issues of the New York dairy industry since the early 1990's. David's commitment to young people and the dairy industry is also demonstrated through his service to the National Dairy Shrine, which he served as President from 2007 to 2008.

He has garnered several honors from Cornell, CALS, and from his peers at other institutions, including the New York Farmer Club Award, CALS Outstanding Professor for Teaching, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Ohio State University College of Agriculture Distinguished Alumni Award. He was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow by Cornell in 1995.

David and his wife, Sally, reside in Genoa, New York and have two children, Amy '98 and Bradley '01.


Outstanding Alumni Awards