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April 2003

Release Date: April 24, 2003

Millegan to Discuss Aftermath of 9-11 in Wells Fargo Lecture

The massive effort to restore communications to lower Manhattan in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center will be the focus of the 2003 Wells Fargo Lecture by Michael H. (Mike) Millegan, senior vice president for Verizon logistics, Thursday, May 1, at Angelo State University.

Millegan will speak on "Collaboration at Ground Zero"y at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. Millegan will recount his role with Verizon in re-establishing the communications infrastructure in lower Manhattan and at the Pentagon after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The lecture is open free to the public.

In the aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Center, Millegan was dispatched to Ground Zero as Verizon began the complicated process to re-establish telecommunications in Lower Manhattan and in Washington. His talk will examine the business and collaborative effort necessary for Verizon to successfully restore communications.

In his capacity with Verizon, Millegan oversees logistical services for Verizon nationally. His responsibilities include material procurement, inventory management, distribution, warehousing, investment recovery, fleet management services and electronic repair services. He is also responsible for leveraging these capabilities into the domestic and international commercial marketplace to generate profitable business growth.

More than 5,000 Verizon Logistics employees work under Millegan, who is responsible for directing business in excess of $5 billion annually, for operating some 2 million square feet of distribution and technical service centers and for maintaining a corporate fleet of 67,000 vehicles.

Millegan is an ASU alumnus and former Ram football player. After receiving his bachelor's degree in business management and his M.B.A. from ASU, he joined GTE in 1980 and has been with the corporation since. He has held positions in finance, human resources, customer service, and operations. Prior to his current assignment, he led GTE Wireless as area president-GTE Wireless-Northwest where he was responsible for all strategic efforts in sales, distribution, customer service, marketing and engineering for GTE's Personal Communications Services (PCS) territory throughout Washington state and northern Idaho.

The Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business was established in 1995 by Wells Fargo Bank, San Angelo. The lectureship is designed to provide ASU students with exposure to well-known business leaders and to help promote greater cooperation between ASU and the San Angelo business community.