Harrington, '85, Talks Global Business to Open Isaac Symposium

Michael Harrington, '85April 15, 2013

Eli Lilly executive Michael Harrington, '85, returns to Albion College to kick off the College's Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris Center 101. The Research Symposium takes place all day Thursday, April 18, concluding with bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith and the Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel.

Harrington will discuss "The Globalization of American Business," drawing on more than 20 years spent with Eli Lilly and Co. and his experiences living and working in many countries. Harrington is currently Lilly's senior vice president and general counsel and a member of the company's executive committee. Among other positions he has held with the pharmaceutical maker, Harrington served as managing director of Eli Lilly New Zealand and as general counsel for Lilly’s operations in the Asia Pacific region. As a member of various leadership teams at Lilly, he enhanced the company's internal and external diversity initiatives. Harrington is a civic leader in the Indianapolis region and is also a member of Albion College's Board of Trustees.

The College's annual Isaac Symposium closes with the Calvaruso Keynote address given by Alexander McCall Smith, author of books ranging from specialist academic titles to children's literature. A master of series fiction, he is best known for his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which to date has been translated into 45 languages, sold over 20 million copies and been adapted for radio and television. McCall Smith will sign books following his address.

From 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, nearly 100 Albion students will present research papers and other scholarship. The symposium honors alumnus "Ike" Isaac, '48, who served for 25 years at Albion as a coach, professor, and athletic director. Isaac later taught and served as athletic director for the University of the Pacific. The symposium was established in 1991 by Isaac's former students and team members.

All symposium events are free and open to the public. For further information, see the Isaac Symposium Web page, http://www.albion.edu/isaac, or contact symposium coordinator Michael VanHouten at or 517/629-0382.