Albion College is pleased to announce the appointment of Lilly and Company vice president Michael Harrington, '85, and Grand Rapids lawyer Jeffrey Ott, '86, to its board of trustees effective July 1, 2012.
For the past 20 years, Harrington has worked for Eli Lilly and Company, currently serving as the firm's vice president and deputy general counsel of global pharmaceutical operations, overseeing legal matters for Lilly's five global business units. As a member of various leadership teams at Lilly, he enhanced the company's internal and external diversity initiatives.
Harrington has also served numerous civic and professional groups. He is a former director of the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation and has been a board member of the American Tort Reform Association, the Indiana Legal Foundation, Lawyers for Civil Justice, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Harrington frequently shares his legal expertise as a speaker, recently addressing the American Conference Institute and the International Association of Defense Counsel.
After earning a degree in English from Albion, Harrington received a J.D. from Columbia University. He is married to Judy Small Harrington, '86, and they and their family live in Zionsville, Indiana.
A partner at the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd for more than 20 years, Ott concentrates his practice in securities and business law. In this position, he represents many regional publicly traded companies along with chairing the firm’s Reporting Companies and Registered Offerings Group. Since 2010, Ott has been recognized in “Best Lawyers in America” for his work in banking law.
A former member of the advisory committee for Albion College’s Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Ott currently serves as a Career Development volunteer. For the past 18 years, he has served on the board of Rockford's Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, including a four-year stint as president. He is also a board member for the West Michigan Film Video Alliance and the Media Arts Coalition of West Michigan.
After graduating from Albion College with degrees in German and economics and management, Ott earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan. Ott is the son of Alan Ott, current trustee of the Gerstacker Foundation and honorary trustee of Albion College. Ott and his family live in Rockford.