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

A Testament to the ROI of UAB Research

As a global leader in biomedical research and patient care, UAB continues to advocate ardently for sustained and predictable federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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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

Opened new state-of-the-art new residence hall that is home to more than 700 students
Produced third Rhodes Scholar (more than any other university in the state since year 2000)
Increased NIH funding by 20% in FY14 (to $225M), putting UAB 22nd nationally and 10th among public universities
Ongoing live-donor kidney chain is the longest ever conducted at any site in the world
Largest single employer in Alabama with an economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually