Jim Bakken

Jim Bakken

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Director, Public Relations

Creates and leads strategy for communicating news from UAB to the media and general public, as well as key stakeholder and constituent groups
UAB has increased campus internet connection speeds 10-fold and become the first university in Alabama to achieve 100 gigabits per second, up to 10,000 times many standard home internet speeds — increasing the institution’s competitive advantage in teaching, research and health care.
In Forbes’ 2016 report of America’s Best Employers that examined 1,900 companies with more than 1,000 employees to identify factors that influence employee satisfaction, UAB ranked in the top 25 among America’s best midsize employers.
Record student recruitment and retention gains have vaulted UAB enrollment from a previous high of 18,698 in 2014 to 19,535, with key increases mirroring targeted initiatives to attract and retain freshmen, Honors College, Blazing Start, international and transfer students, and officials say it is just the beginning.

After major investments in information technology infrastructure — bringing the fastest supercomputer in Alabama to campus — UAB can now execute tasks in a couple of hours that took an entire day just a year ago. 

UAB Hospital remains at top in Birmingham and Alabama, and rises in several specialty rankings in 2016-2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report.
In contrast to unreliable third-party physician rating and review systems, UAB Medicine is empowering consumers to make informed health care decisions based on reliable information from actual patients through its online physician directory.
Clinic opens Aug. 1 and will initially offer urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and rheumatology care.
The partnership will bring a highly effective and precise alternative to traditional radiation therapy for treating cancer and some noncancerous tumors, without many of the side effects that often accompany treatment.
Identifying a stable outlook and UAB’s very strong enterprise and financial profile, S&P Global Ratings has raised its rating on various series of general revenue bonds issued by The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees on behalf of UAB.
Longtime VP for Research and Economic Development Richard B. Marchase, Ph.D., plans to retire at the end of 2016. During his tenure, UAB annual research expenditures grew from $331 million to $510 million.
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