The Butler University Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Bryan A. Mills of Noblesville, president and CEO of Community Health Network; Robert N. Postlethwait of Zionsville, retired president of the Neuroscience Project Group of Eli Lilly and Company; and Steven F. Walker of Indianapolis, chairman and CEO of Walker Information, Inc.
They will each serve three-year terms.
Former Trustee Vice Chair Craig Fenneman was elected board chair. He succeeds John R. Hargrove. Other officers are Keith Burks, vice chair; James P. White, secretary; and Claude E. Davis Jr., treasurer.
The board now has 30 active members.
Bryan Mills was previously the CEO of Visionary Enterprises, Inc. (VEI), a for-profit affiliate of Community Health Network that develops and manages health care ventures with physicians and hospitals. He helped VEI grow its annual revenues from $2 million to more than $150 million. Prior to VEI, Mills was founder and CEO of Indianapolis Medical Management (1987-92), chief financial officer of Community Hospital North (1985-87) and a healthcare auditor and consultant for Ernst & Young (1982-85).
Mills is a member of the Board of Directors for the Walther Cancer Foundation, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, United Way of Central Indiana and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. He is also a director and past president of the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville. A past board member of Noblesville Youth Baseball, he is active with the First United Methodist Church in Noblesville, where he teaches Sunday school. He previously served as a director of Windrose Medical Properties.
Mills earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ball State University in 1982 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1985.
Robert Postlethwait served as president of Lilly’s Neuroscience Product Group from 1994-1999. He first joined Eli Lilly in 1970 as a staff engineer. In 1973, he became a project engineer in Brazil for Eli Lilly International Corporation. He returned to Indianapolis in 1979 as the marketing advisor for Elanco Products Company, a Lilly division, for Latin America. Postlethwait was named director of agricultural chemical marketing for Lilly International in Florence, Italy, in 1980; general manager of the Lilly affiliate in Argentina in 1985 and executive director of engineering in 1988. In 1992, Postlethwait was appointed area vice president of Lilly International (Western Europe). A year later, he became vice president of Global Central Nervous System Planning.
Postlethwait earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1970 and an M.B.A. from Butler in 1974. He also attended the advancement management program at Harvard University’s School of Business in 1988.
In 2004, Postlethwait was appointed to the board of directors for DarPharma, Inc.
In 2007, Postlethwait received the “Heroes in the Fight” Award for his service to mental health. “Heroes in the Fight” is a partnership program created by Eli Lilly and Company with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Postlethwait serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for TeenScreen at Columbia University Medical School. He has also served with the Indiana Affiliate Branding Task Force and Advisory Council for the National Alliance on Mental Illness; the External Advisory Board of Indiana University School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry; and the Board of Directors of the National Foundation of Suicide Prevention. In 2002-2003, he sat on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He has also been a past officer or director for the Eagle Creek Park Foundation, the Humane Society of Indianapolis, Families Reaching for Rainbows and the Indiana Red Cross.
He serves as vice president of his family’s Volo Non Valeo Foundation, Inc., which makes gifts to human services organizations in Indiana.
Steven F. Walker is the third generation in his family to lead Walker Information, Inc. the privately held research and consulting firm founded by his grandmother Dorothy “Tommie” Walker in 1939.
He assumed the role of president from his father, Frank D. Walker, in 1994; he was named CEO in 1996 and chariman in 2006. In 2009, he turned over the role of president to Phil Bounsall. Walker Information, Inc. has evolved from a small firm that collected opinions from housewives door-to-door to a multi-division marketing research firm. Today, the firm specializes in developing customer strategy by evaluating customer loyalty and related customer strategies, including innovative approaches to segmenting, valuing, obtaining, serving and retaining customers.
Walker is active on a number of boards and community organizations, including AAA Hoosier Motor Club, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, the Indianapolis 500 Festival and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce (past board member). He is the past chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana, the Indiana Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and the American Teleservices Association.
In 2005 and 2006, he served as the campaign chairman for the United Way of Central Indiana and is currently a director. Walker is the secretary/treasurer of the Walker Family Foundation.
A frequent speaker at conferences, Walker published his first book, Stakeholder Power, along with his long-time colleague Jeff Marr in 2001 (Perseus Publishing).
Walker earned his bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Boston University in 1980.
Fenneman expressed his thanks to members going off the board: Kevin Ault, Albert Chen, Ron Dollens, Mike Henderson, Wayne Patrick and Melissa Stone-Hickman.
In addition to Burks, Davis, Fenneman, Hargrove and White, other trustees continuing their service to the University are Dennis Bassett, Kathryn G. Betley, Gary Butkus, John D. Cooke, Rick Cummings, Rollin Dick, John B. Dunn, Keith R. Faller, Dr. Thomas J. Fischer, Jim Johnston, James P. Lill, Betty L. Lofton, Stephen E. McKenzie, Corey B. McPherrin, Robert L. Myers, Jamie Phillippe, Shari Alexander Richey, Jatinder-Bir Singh “Jay” Sandhu, Howard Schrott, Howard L. Shearon, Eugene White, and Billie Lou Wood.