Tillman Lecture Fund to Support College’s Annual Convocation Lecture Series
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Douglas L. Tillman

Franklin College has announced a gift from Indianapolis art patron and philanthropist Douglas L. Tillman in support of the college’s annual Convocation Lecture Series. Tillman is a 1970 alumnus of the college and member of the college’s board of trustees.

The first lecture to be underwritten by the fund will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, kicking-off the college’s Homecoming and Alumni Weekend festivities. New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims will present the lecture “How to Be an Adult,” at 7 p.m. in the Branigin Room in the Napolitan Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“I am delighted to support the college’s efforts to encourage and engage intellectual curiosity by bringing successful professionals like Ms. Lythcott-Haims to campus,” Tillman said.

This is the second notable gift from Tillman the college has announced within the last year. In September 2018, the college announced a $2 million super endowment gift from Tillman – one of the largest gifts in recent college history. The unusual gift instrument has an annual income distribution that funds new endowments forever for the college.

Tillman graduated from Franklin College in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and economics. After earning a law degree, he built a successful 33-year career with Eli Lilly and Co., holding executive positions in the corporate personnel and general counsel departments. Tillman, an Indianapolis resident, has served on the Board of Trustees at Franklin College for 28 years and was awarded an Alumni Citation for his outstanding civic engagement and leadership with various central Indiana arts and cultural organizations. Tillman continues to provide financial and leadership support to numerous organizations, a few of which include the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Opera Company, United Way, the American Pianist Association and the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.


(Edited Jan. 27, 2020)

POSTED Oct 1, 2019