benoit pam1It is my pleasure to join faculty, staff and students in officially welcoming our new Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. Dr. Pam Benoit comes to UAB with an outstanding record of leadership, innovation and vision that will be key in our efforts to capitalize on our university’s strong momentum in all areas of our mission.

In her more than two decades of experience in higher education, Dr. Benoit has excelled at leading collaborative efforts in a broad range of areas such as strategic budgeting and planning, diversity and inclusion, development, globalization and economic development. As executive vice president and provost of Ohio University for the past eight years, she developed and led a number of initiatives, including a new tuition and fee model that helps students more effectively budget for college, a nationally recognized program for strategic investment in innovation and commercialization, and a transformative partnership between the university and Cleveland Clinic. 

As a UAB senior vice president, Dr. Benoit will work closely with Senior Vice President and Dean of Medicine Selwyn Vickers and our entire senior leadership team, as we work campus-wide to make even greater strides as a world-class comprehensive university. Particularly with her educational and scholarly background in communications, Dr. Benoit shares our deep commitment to robust communication, collaboration and inclusiveness in the strategic planning process. Over her first 90 days here, she will be engaged in a campus- and community-wide “listening tour” to gather broad input on the future of UAB and Birmingham.

We welcome Dr. Benoit to the UAB family and look forward to her leadership in our continued ascent as one of the most dynamic, productive and impactful universities on the globe.