Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, President of Birmingham-Southern College, made her first visit as a CEO to a UAB Collat School of Business class when she was the speaker at the combined undergraduate business capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 4, 2016. Ms. Flaherty-Goldsmith was just named president in July of this year.
When most people conjure up an image of a banker, it is likely not someone who has the traits and characteristics of an entrepreneur, such as risk-taking, being comfortable with ambiguity, and flexibility. However, Tom Broughton, Chief Executive Officer of ServisFirst Bank, is both a banker and an entrepreneur. Broughton made a return visit on September 27, 2016 to the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
Birmingham’s business leaders are among The Campaign for UAB’s most generous supporters. Hundreds of companies – large and small, local and national – and their foundations have contributed more than $79 million toward our $1 billion goal.
Some were early investors. Others have made their commitments more recently, as opportunities to support new facilities and programs have arisen.
Medical Properties Trust has done both: After committing to a $1 million gift in 2014 to the new Collat School of Business building, the company doubled that promise in 2016.
The Collat School of Business and the UAB Innovation Lab (iLab) are launching a new "Shark Tank"-style competition this fall in which UAB students can win up to $5,000 to help get their big ideas off the ground.
The UAB Collat School of Business students now have the opportunity to major in human resources with a dedicated Bachelor of Science in human resource management degree program. Previously, Collat offered a degree in management with a concentration in human resources. This new degree will expand upon that increasingly popular program, and is now enrolling students.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Master of Public Health/Master of Business Administration program has been ranked No. 1 in the “Top 50 Best Value Dual MBA and MPH Degrees of 2016” by the website valuecolleges.com.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been ranked 147th internationally and 67th in the United States by the Center for World University Rankings, the highest ranking of any Alabama institution. UAB also was ranked 89th in patents, an increase of 41 places compared to 2015.