Dr. Ray L. Watts became the seventh president of UAB in February 2013, after having served as Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine since 2010. Under Dr. Watts’s  leadership, UAB initiated and continues its most comprehensive-ever strategic planning process and is making game-changing strides in all five pillars of its mission: Education, Research, Patient Care, Service to Community, and Economic Development. Strong collaboration among faculty, students and staff—and with the community through the historic Campaign for UAB—is helping to transform the future of Alabama, and fulfilling UAB’s vision as one of the most dynamic and productive universities—and the preferred academic medical center—of the 21st century.
Dr. Ray L. Watts

UAB Welcomes Dr. Pam Benoit, Senior VP and Provost

It is my pleasure to join faculty, staff and students in officially welcoming our new Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.

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Key Initiatives

Advancing our most comprehensive-ever strategic planning process
Further enhancing the undergraduate experience through novel programs and facilities
Growing enrollment strategically through effective recruitment and retention
Fostering robust research through enhanced support and infrastructure
Aggressive recruitment of top, federally funded faculty
Building on the success of the historic $1 billon Campaign for UAB

Points of Pride

Record enrollment of 19,535 and largest freshman class ever (2,021), with growth in every school on campus in fall 2016
18th among public universities in federal research funding (34th overall) and 10th among public universities in National institutes of Health funding (22nd overall), with over $528 million in total research funding
Ranked 162nd internationally--and the top university in Alabama--for impact of research and education in U.S. News “Best Global Universities”
Ongoing live-donor kidney chain is the longest ever conducted at any site in the world
Largest single employer in Alabama with an economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually