Dean's Speech Inspires Scholarship Donation

Dean KlockDean David Klock, Ph.D., accepted an on-the-spot donation from the Metropolitan Criminal Justice Executive Association (MCJEA) after completing a speech for the group at an Aug. 20 luncheon inside Bartow Arena’s Green and Gold Room.

The talk, “Political Economy and Future Growth,” encouraged private citizens, groups and businesses to take more active roles in shaping the country’s economy and education and health care needs while supporting their elected officials on these issues.

Immediately following the dean’s remarks, MCJEA member Charles Knight offered a motion for the association to donate $500 to the Opportunities in Business Scholarships, a fund started by Klock upon his 2008 arrival at UAB. The motion was unanimously approved.

Klock says he believes the impromptu donation was the result of one point of emphasis of his speech. The dean told the MJCEA that individuals should do all they can to help just one student stay in college, whether through scholarships or offers of part-time employment or paid internships, because “that one student’s ability to earn a degree creates one more employable worker, eliminating one more person seeking a job today,” Klock said.

The Metropolitan Criminal Justice Executive Association is a group of criminal justice executives including judges, sheriffs, police chiefs and security directors who work together to promote enhanced law enforcement services in the Birmingham area. Members include UAB Chief of Police Anthony Purcell.