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.

Fall 2021 Lecture

Dr. Bridget Scanlon
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Sustainable Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin
Read Dr. Scanlon’s Bio

September 16, 2021
11:00 – 12:00 PM
Bryant Conference Center
Birmingham/Central Room – 2nd Floor

Past Mills Lectures

Thomas Hubbard
Former US Ambassador to the Philippines and South Korea
Video: “Career as a Foreign Service Officer”
November 2, 2017

Doug McCraw
Video: “The Creative Entrepreneur: The Nexus of Art and Technology”
October 21, 2016

Robert Abernathy
CEO of Halyard Health
Video: “Transforming a Company”
September 24, 2015

Michael Dowe
Chief Scientist, Raytheon, Ktech
“A Career in Physics and National Security”
November 13, 2014

Gary Fowlie
“Cybersecurity or Cyberthreat? – Balancing Human Rights and Economic Growth in Our Virtual World”
October 24, 2013

Sherri Jackson
Television journalist
“TV or Not TV: Is that the question? Why Ethics Must Cross Platforms for Journalists”
April 26, 2013

William “Bud” Forster
Aviation innovator, board of Northrop Grumman
“The Principles of Leadership”
October 21, 2011

Jeffrey Levitetz
“Life 30 Years After New College: What I’ve Learned Along the Way and What You Need to Know to Have a Successful Future”
September 10, 2010

Joe McInnes
“How I Got Here From There: The Reinvention of One’s Life and Career”
February 29, 2008

Maurice Crowe (First Mills Lecture)
CEO Crowe Realty
“Lessons in Switching to Plan B”
October 19, 2007

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.