Harlan Sands



Vice Provost for Administration & Quality Improvement

Administration Building 1019

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Harlan Sands serves as Vice Provost for Administration and Quality Improvement at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he is responsible for providing effective leadership for academic administration, enrollment management, finance, budgeting, student support operations, and strategic planning. He also provides counsel to the Provost and other senior university administrators on academic, financial, and operational matters and oversees financial, personnel, and administrative operations of all academic units and programs reporting to the Provost. Sands came to UAB in June 2007 as Associate Provost for Administration and Finance, a position he held until his appointment to Vice Provost in October 2010.

Prior to that, Sands served as an Associate Vice President for Research at Florida International University (FIU) and Executive Director of FIU’s Applied Research Center, the largest externally-funded research enterprise at the institution. He also held various other administrative and academic posts at FIU, including Associate Dean of the College of Health and Urban Affairs, where he helped establish the College’s initial operating structure and budgeting plan, and instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice, where he taught 10 different courses on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and the Criminal Justice System.

Other professional assignments include four years as an Assistant Public Defender in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami, Florida, where he litigated over 50 jury trials through verdict, and over 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander as a Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Intelligence Officer.

Sands is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an M.B.A. from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Big Brothers Big Sisters and United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham.