Indianapolis lawyer Alan Mills joins Carthage College Board of Trustees

Indianapolis lawyer Alan Mills joins Carthage College Board of Trustees

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KENOSHA, Wis. – Carthage College has appointed prominent Indianapolis attorney Alan Mills to its board of trustees. The 1979 Carthage alumnus is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

A former president of the Marion County Bar Association, his practice spans the law firm’s litigation and finance, insolvency, and restructuring departments.

“Carthage is thrilled to welcome Alan Mills to its board,” says Jeff Hamar, chair of Carthage’s Board of Trustees. “He brings a wealth of experience from his many years in law, and we look forward to working with Alan to advance the strategic priorities of the college."

Mills, 60, also serves as a director for both the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from the Indianapolis institution in 1982, earning the faculty prize for outstanding law graduate.

“I was thrilled to meet Alan Mills in my first year at Carthage, and to see such commitment to Carthage’s ongoing development,” says President John Swallow. “Alan’s engagement with his fellow alumni is nothing short of striking, and he serves as an inspirational model of working with others to achieve common ends. I very much look forward to working with Alan more closely in the years to come.”

Earlier this year, as part of a new alumni task force to increase support for students of color at Carthage, Mills issued a multi-pronged fundraising challenge that honors two of the college’s first black alumni from the mid-1900s: Lorraine Wiggan and Alonzo H. Kenniebrew. The number of Carthage students identifying as black has more than doubled over the past six years.

The child of Jamaican immigrants, Lorraine Wiggan attended Carthage in the 1940s, majoring in music and graduating cum laude in 1946. Wiggan went on to earn a master’s degree in music education from Columbia University, continuing her education at The Juilliard School and becoming a full-time music teacher in the public school system, where she became known for her remarkable, full-scale productions with elementary-age students.

A talented high school athlete from Springfield, Illinois, Alonzo H. Kenniebrew earned a football scholarship to Carthage. Graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry, Kenniebrew lettered in football, track, basketball, and boxing. Inspired by his father’s medical practice, Alonzo earned a master’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign after returning from service in the Korean conflict.

From 1959 to 1968, he worked in allergy research at Northwestern University and then in tuberculosis vaccine research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was credited for clinical research in developing the tuberculosis preventive BCG vaccine with Dr. Sal Rosenthal and spent the larger part of his career in long-term healthcare and nursing home administration in Chicago and Peoria, Illinois.

About Carthage College –
Carthage combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. A four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, Carthage has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.


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