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April 2004

Release Date: April 27, 2004

Millegan to Speak to ASU Graduates During Spring Commencement May 15

Michael H. (Mike) Millegan, an Angelo State University alumnus and a Verizon vice president for enterprise/wholesale field services, will deliver the commencement address during the university's spring commencement ceremonies May 15 in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Millegan will address graduates of the College of Business and Professional Studies and the School of Education during a 10 a.m. ceremony that Saturday. He will speak to the 2004 graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences in a 2 p.m. ceremony. More than 500 students will receive diplomas during the two graduation exercises.

A native of Monterey, Calif., Millegan received his bachelor's degree in business management in 1980 and his M.B.A. in 1982, both from ASU. He was a member of Angelo State's 1978 national championship football team. During his time at ASU he began work with GTE and has since held various administrative and executive positions with the company through its evolution into Verizon.

In his current post with Verizon, he oversees field operations in the western states as well as the mid-Atlantic and Potomac regions. His responsibilities include the maintenance of installation business products and services.

During 2000-04 Millegan served as senior vice president for Verizon Logistics and oversaw 3,000 employees responsible for end-to-end logistics services for Verizon's national operations. His duties included material procurement, inventory management, distribution, warehousing, investment recovery, fleet management services and electronic repair services. In that capacity he directed business activities exceeding $3.5 billion a year.

In the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, he directed the logistical arrangements necessary to restore communications to the affected regions of lower Manhattan and Washington, D.C.

Millegan has held a variety of positions in finance, human resources, customer service, and operations for the telecommunications company. From 1997 to 2000, Millegan led GTE Wireless as area president for the Pacific Northwest where he oversaw all strategic efforts in sales, distribution, customer service, marketing and engineering for GTE's Personal Communications Services territory throughout Washington state and Northern Idaho.

A resident of Kirkland, Wash., Millegan has a long record of community service. He has worked on the advisory board for Seattle Works Day and on the board of directors for Junior Achievement. He is also active with the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, the Woodland Park Zoological Society and the Urban Enterprise Center. Currently, he serves on the World Trade Center Board in Seattle, and the Springs for Life Foundation.

He continues to serve his alma mater on the Business Advisory Council for the College of Business and Professional Studies. Last year he was the university's Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecturer.