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Flemming to speak at fall commencement

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A new class of more than 100 Penn State Berks students will receive their baccalaureate and associate degrees on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in the Beaver Community Center when Berks hosts the fall 2011 commencement ceremony.

The keynote speaker will be Gregory F. Flemming ’63, a retired executive from IBM Corporation. Early in his IBM career, Flemming was integrally involved in the development and rollout of Solid State Logic Technology for the System 360, which became the first mass-produced commercial computer.

The next 30 years of his career were spent in various executive positions in manufacturing and product development at IBM in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is the former manager of manufacturing and engineering for IBM Sweden; director of worldwide operations for the IBM System Products Division, and plant manager and assistant general manager at IBM in Endicott, New York.

In 1979, Flemming was an integral part of the inception of the IBM personal computer. In the early 1980s, he participated in forming the PC company within IBM, which later launched the “computers for the masses” revolution throughout the world. In 1990, he served as IBM’s lead negotiator to spin off the personal printer, typewriter, and supplies–business that formed the now successful Lexmark Corporation. Flemming also helped form the IBM Printer Business Group, where he served as business alliance and business development executive.

Flemming received an ALCOA Foundation Scholarship for Academic Achievement in 1962. In 1984, he received an IBM Outstanding Contribution Award and in 2005, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Catholic High School in Reading, Pennsylvania. Flemming is also a 2011 Penn State Alumni Fellow recipient.

At Penn State, Flemming is a member of the Penn State Berks Industrial Advisory Board and the Penn State Berks Advisory Council for the Entrepreneurship Minor, and was instrumental in establishing the Learning Factory at Penn State Berks.

He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Fleetwood, Pa. They have two grown daughters, four grandchildren.

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