Dr. Ray L. Watts became the seventh president of UAB in February 2013, after having served as Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine since 2010. Under Dr. Watts’s  leadership, UAB initiated and continues its most comprehensive-ever strategic planning process and is making game-changing strides in all five pillars of its mission: Education, Research, Patient Care, Service to Community, and Economic Development. Strong collaboration among faculty, students and staff—and with the community through the historic Campaign for UAB—is helping to transform the future of Alabama, and fulfilling UAB’s vision as one of the most dynamic and productive universities—and the preferred academic medical center—of the 21st century.
Dr. Ray L. Watts

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UAB Institutional Presentation 2019

This year’s presentation, delivered at the beginning of UAB’s 50th anniversary year, reflects on our longtime culture of collaboration and innovation that propelled this young university to international renown and continues to drive our success.
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Key Initiatives

Advancing our most comprehensive-ever strategic planning process
Further enhancing the undergraduate experience through novel programs and facilities
Growing enrollment strategically through effective recruitment and retention
Fostering robust research through enhanced support and infrastructure
Aggressive recruitment of top, federally funded faculty
Building on the success of the historic $1 billon Campaign for UAB

Points of Pride

Record enrollment of 21,923 in fall 2018
Largest single employer in Alabama (23,000+ employees) with an economic impact of $7.15 billion annually
More than $527M in research grants and awards in FY2018, the most ever at UAB
UAB has been ranked the top young university in the United States and No. 10 worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings
18th largest hospital in the U.S. (and 3rd largest public) with 10 specialties ranked in national top 50 in U.S. News “Best Hospitals”