Lonnie S. McMillian

Director Emeritus (Deceased)

Lonnie McMillian was co-Founder of ADTRAN, a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment based in Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. McMillian served on the ADTRAN Board of Directors from 1986 through his retirement in December 2002. He was director emeritus of the board from 2002 until 2006. Mr. McMillian also guided ADTRAN in a variety of executive management roles including vice president of engineering and senior vice president. Prior to ADTRAN, Mr. McMillian was vice president of engineering for Universal Data Systems. He held similar positions with Motorola after the company purchased Universal Data Systems in 1979. Mr. McMillian’s career also included several other management positions, including chief engineer for SCI Systems, Inc., an aerospace-focused, electronics manufacturing firm. He also helped establish and direct Systems Engineering Laboratories, Inc., a Florida-based scientific computer manufacturing company.

At the time of his death, Mr. McMillian served as President of the Alpha Foundation, an Alabama-based, nonprofit organization committed to improving the human condition through grants to educational, scientific and other charitable groups. He was also co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He was a pioneering thought-leader who envisioned the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to become a hub for innovation in genomic sciences, pharmaceutical development and plant biology. Mr. McMillian passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90 on December 30, 2018.