SEF.Top Sales IconThe Collat School of Business’s Center for Sales Leadership has been named a “Top University for Professional Sales Education” by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) in its 2017 ANNUAL magazine. The Collat School of Business is one of only four schools globally with three SEF trained instructors.

Hogwarts articleCollat School of Business Professor Annetta Dolowitz strides into the classroom in a long, black wizard’s robe, class notes in one hand and the sorting hat in the other.

“Who’s ready to be sorted,” she shouts as students snap to attention and take their seats.

The business school’s newest leadership class blends two things millennial students love most: participation and Harry Potter. The brainchild of professors Dolowitz and Barbara Wech, PhD, the class — MG 309, or “Hogwarts School of Leadership” — walks students through an academic exploration of leadership theories and practice, but through the lens of one of the most beloved stories in fiction.

 business students giftCollat School of Business students selected for the Wells Fargo Scholars Program will benefit from scholarship funds to put toward tuition.The University of Alabama at Birmingham is advancing its commitment to serving students and the community with the donation of two gifts from Wells Fargo, the first of which has created the Wells Fargo Scholars Program within the Collat School of Business and another to support UAB Athletics.

LatyeIn person you’d think Ibawolatei Iyegha is soft-spoken and studied, but her academic successes speak volumes. The spring 2017 recipient of the prestigious Samuel B. Barker award, named for UAB’s first graduate dean, Ibawolatei is the first Collat School of Business student to receive the award for her academic success in graduate studies.

And she’s only 20 years old.

Paul Zani

Paul Zani remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He was in a Sales 101 class at UAB one day in the late 1980s, in front of a video camera, making a product pitch in front of classmates and the professor. And he was good at it. In fact, he was great at it.

“That one experience gave me confidence that there was a path to success for me,” he recalls.


UAB's Collat School of Business has maintained its prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) accreditation for both the business and the accounting programs. Only 1 percent of business schools worldwide are accredited in both.

UAB alumnus Chad Hagwood is one of Birmingham’s top commercial real estate finance professionals, so it’s no surprise that he’s especially over-the-moon about this aspect of the new Collat School of Business building: Location, location, location.

Chris EdmondsAssociate professor Chris Edmonds, Ph.D., was selected by the UAB Retention and Graduation Committee to receive the UAB Faculty Student Success Award for 2017-2018.

linaa rahmanEconomics major Linaa Rohman from Hoover received a 2017 Student Excellence Award recently at a banquet ceremony hosted by Student Involvement & Leadership.