About the College

The Mills Lecture


The Mills lectureship was established and endowed in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences by Helen Mills Pittman and her late husband, Dr. John Mills, of Birmingham, to bring successful and distinguished alumni and citizens to campus to speak as a way to motivate and inspire students.

Past Mills Lectures

Thomas Hubbard — 2 Nov 2017
Former US Ambassador to the Philippines and South Korea
Doug McCraw — 21 Oct 2016
The Creative Entrepreneur: The Nexus of Art and Technology
Robert Abernathy — 24 Sep 2015
CEO of Halyard Health
Transforming a Company
Michael Dowe — 13 Nov 2014
Chief Scientist, Raytheon, Ktech
A Career in Physics and National Security
Gary Fowlie — 24 Oct 2013
Cybersecurity or Cyberthreat? – Balancing Human Rights and Economic Growth in our Virtual World
Sherri Jackson — 26 Apr 2013
TV or Not TV: Is that the question? Why Ethics Must Cross Platforms for Journalists
William “Bud” Forster — 21 Oct 2011
aviation innovator, board of Northrop Grumman
The Principles of Leadership
Jeffrey Levitetz — 10 Sep 2010
Life 30 Years After New College: What I’ve Learned Along the Way and What You Need to Know to Have a Successful Future
Joe McInnes — 29 Feb 2008
How I Got Here From There: The Reinvention of One’s Life and Career
Maurice Crowe — 19 Oct 2007 (First Mills Lecture)
CEO Crowe Realty
Lessons in Switching to Plan B

About Helen Mills Pittman and John Mills

Helen Pittman received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Human and Environmental Sciences at UA in 1959. She is president of Crow Real Estate and Insurance Co. in Birmingham and is a longtime member of the Leadership Board of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The late John Mills received his bachelor’s degree in pre-dental studies from The College of Arts and Sciences in 1955 and a dentistry degree from UA’s School of Dentistry in Birmingham in 1958. He practiced endodontics for 29 years and was a diplomat of the American Board of Endodontics.

Mills was a pioneer in endodontics in Alabama and the only board-certified endodontist in private practice in Alabama for many years. After leaving private practice, Mills became director of the endodontic program at UA’s School of Dentistry in Birmingham.