jack eric 2016Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack, Ph.D., will receive an award during a conference honoring the memory of a revered Birmingham businessman and civil rights activist. Each year, the A.G. Gaston Conference recognizes members of the community who embody characteristics of the late Gaston.

During the 2016 A.G. Gaston Conference, organizers will present awards to Jack and to Perry Ward, Ph.D., president of Lawson State Community College. In honoring two educators, this year’s conference celebrates the memory of Gaston and his passionate support of education and the role it plays in allowing people to advance in business and society.

Jack will be recognized for his innovative approach to including members from different industries, such as the medical community, into UAB’s business programs.

Students from the Collat School of Business will also play a role in the conference through the unveiling of their study focused on making Birmingham attractive to millennial entrepreneurs.