Jim Bakken

Jim Bakken

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Director, Media Relations

Creates and leads strategy for communicating news from UAB to the media and general public, as well as key stakeholder and constituent groups
Initial results of fundraising efforts far exceeding historical financial support significantly improve the Athletic Department’s financial picture, make possible the return of football, bowling and rifle.
Following a national search led by a 19-member search committee made up of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has announced that Mark Ingram will be the institution’s athletic director.

Coach Jerod Haase has signed a new, six-year agreement worth $1 million in annual compensation. “Our recruits and their families can rest assured that I will be at UAB for the long-term future,” Haase said. “Today’s commitment by the administration is a strong statement that UAB wants to be great in basketball.”




Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D., comes to UAB from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, where he served as vice chancellor and chief information officer.
Recognizing the importance of shared governance and inclusion in institutional decision-making, UAB President Ray L. Watts shared several actions aimed to encourage input from the UAB community and improve the dialogue that must happen for UAB’s continued success.
UAB plans to open BBVA Compass Field in fall 2015.
University and student health and wellness leaders gathered to cut the ribbon on a new facility that combines the Health Services medical clinic and Counseling Services to provide students a full range of primary care services
UAB clinical collaboration with CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic will increase access to care and help improve medication adherence for patients.
On the heels of reaching the halfway point of its ambitious $1 billion fundraising goal, UAB’s compelling “Give Something, Change Everything” TV spots highlight diverse initiatives.
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