Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Executive Director Kathy Nugent, Ph.D., has again been named one of Birmingham’s most influential executives.

The Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) recently released their annual Power 60, a list of the Magic City’s most important business leaders. Kathy Nugent, Ph.D.Kathy Nugent, Ph.D.

“Leadership pushed us through the pandemic. It helps bring new companies to the metro area despite economic uncertainty. It also helps boost quality of life for employees and residents,” wrote BBJ Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Rebman. “Many of the leaders selected for this list have an impact that stretches far beyond their company or their industry.”

Nugent, who has been a mainstay on the BBJ list of most influential executives since 2014, was again joined on this year’s list by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) President Ray Watts, M.D. Dawn Bulgarella, who was named CEO of both UAB Health System and the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance in February 2023, was also named to the list.  

Nugent’s inclusion on the Power 60 list comes less than a month after the Harbert Institute was named one of 21 BBJ Inno Fire Award winners. Inno Fire Award winners are considered major players that are both finding success for themselves and creating opportunities for others in Alabama’s quickly-growing innovation community.