UAB Strategic Plan

UAB President Ray L. Watts
UAB’s vision
is to be an internationally renowned research university — a first choice for education and health care.

UAB's mission is to be a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state and beyond.

Under the leadership of President Ray L. Watts, who took office in February 2013, UAB is engaging in the most comprehensive strategic planning process in the history of the institution.

Budget challenges at the state and federal level make it more important than ever to plan thoroughly, study carefully and prioritize effectively — both to live within our means and also ensure the mission is furthered.

“UAB is experiencing great momentum, and we are working hard to strengthen our position as one of the nation’s most productive and dynamic universities,” Watts said. “We will accomplish this by aligning our resources with our priorities.”

First and foremost, our plan will embody our commitment to educate, advance research and discovery, care for the sick, respond to the needs of our community and use knowledge to establish Alabama as a progressive economic center that can change the world.

UAB will establish priorities and guide investments in projects that are mission-critical, especially people, programs and technology. It also will inform the priorities for the largest and most comprehensive philanthropic campaign in the university’s history, The Campaign for UAB, Give Something, Change Everything, that will extend through 2017.


I  Provide education that prepares diverse students to lead, teach, provide professional services and become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future.

II  Pursue research that benefits society, spurs innovation and expands UAB’s capability to discover and share new knowledge.

III  Deliver the highest quality patient care that reflects our ability to translate discoveries into revolutionary therapies in one of the nation’s largest academic medical centers.

IV  Encourage partnerships that improve education, health and quality of life through service at home and around the globe.

 Foster and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship that contributes to the economic development and prosperity of Birmingham and beyond.