August 05, 2014

Bolton to return as VP for Financial Affairs and Administration

Allen-BoltonAfter a national search, G. Allen Bolton Jr. has been named vice president for Financial Affairs and Administration.

In his new role, which he will assume Oct. 1, Bolton will lead UAB’s Financial Affairs and Administration, which supports the education, research and patient-care missions and activities of the institution, primarily through divisions including Business and Auxiliary Services, Facilities, Financial Affairs, Human Resources, Risk Management, Faculty and Staff Benevolent Fund, UAB Police Department and the University Compliance Office.

Bolton has worked for the past three years as senior vice president for finance and administration and chief operating officer at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prior to that, he gained extensive academic medical center experience at both UAB and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

He is a two-time graduate of UAB with master’s degrees in public health and business administration. During 19 years at UAB, Bolton held positions of increasing responsibility before leaving in 2011. He was executive administrator of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and senior associate dean for administration and finance in the UAB School of Medicine.

“It is an honor to have been selected to serve as UAB’s next vice president for Financial Affairs and Administration,” Bolton said. “I am grateful to President Ray Watts and the search committee for inviting me to ‘come home’ and join UAB’s leadership team in this important role at a critical time in the institution’s history.”

UAB President Ray Watts points to Bolton’s unique status as someone who has had external and internal experience, a combination that brings great value to the institution.

“Based on his qualifications and experience, Allen is the right person at the right time for this vital leadership position,” Watts said. “He joins us with the institutional knowledge of an internal candidate who has built a tremendous reputation across campus, as well as with a wealth of external experience that brings fresh perspectives.”

Bolton’s familiarity with UAB bolstered his interest in the position. 

“Taking the opportunity to work with Dr. Watts and to serve the faculty, staff and students of this great institution was an easy decision to make,” Bolton said. “It is a distinct and humbling privilege to be able to serve UAB in this role, and I look forward to the meaningful and exciting work that we will do together.”

In his new role, which he will assume Oct. 1, Bolton will lead UAB’s Financial Affairs and Administration, which supports the education, research and patient-care missions and activities of the institution, primarily through divisions including Business and Auxiliary Services, Facilities, Financial Affairs, Human Resources, Risk Management, Faculty and Staff Benevolent Fund, UAB Police Department and the University Compliance Office.

Bolton consistently held faculty appointments earlier in his career, and he has published 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He also has been active in extramurally funded grants, serving as project director or co-principal investigator of grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and various national foundations.

“Because of my experience in both finance and academic administration, I understand this unique environment, which makes this an ideal fit,” Bolton said.

Bolton served on the editorial board of the Journal of Research Administration and has been active in a number of national professional societies, including the Association of Academic Health Centers, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Business Affairs and Group on Institutional Planning, and the Society of Research Administrators.

Bolton also has served on many UAB committees and on national and international committees of the World Health Organization, the Association of American Cancer Institutes, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Association of Academic Health Centers.

Bolton and his wife Lisa have been married for almost 29 years and have two grown children — a daughter in Birmingham who is attending classes at UAB and son and daughter-in-law in Nashville. 

A search committee chaired by UAB Vice President Shirley Salloway Kahn was assembled when UAB’s current Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration Richard Margison announced his retirement in March after 16 years with UAB; Margison will serve through August.

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