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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.

Forge the Future and UAB Grand Challenge text with UAB logo.

Today marks the culmination of a very rigorous and deliberate selection process and the commencement of what will be one of the most ambitious collaborative efforts ever undertaken by our university and academic medical center: the UAB Grand Challenge.

A large crowd of UAB graduates in graduation attire standing at commencement with confetti above their heads.

We want to congratulate in advance the approximately 2,100 students who are graduating from UAB this spring semester. Roughly 1,400 undergraduates and 739 graduate students will receive their degrees, including 63 Ph.D. candidates representing 12 states, nine countries and 25 disciplines.

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I’m writing to share news of remarkable growth in NIH funding that has catapulted UAB’s School of Medicine into what can best be called the “Elite Eight” of academic medical centers in the United States that have grown by more than $100 million in National Institutes of Health funding over the past five years.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of UAB’s founding as an autonomous campus within the University of Alabama System, and we look forward to celebrating the UAB story — past, present and future — throughout 2019.

The largest, most comprehensive fundraising effort in UAB’s history has surpassed its ambitious goal.

For the first time in UAB history, we have surpassed $500 million in research grants and awards for a 12-month period (Nov. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31, 2018), reaching $527,025,137.

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Our university and community have celebrated several milestones over the past few months, including UAB’s highest-ever research expenditures of $562 million and being named the Top Young University in the U.S. (and 10th globally) by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

I am delighted to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus for fall semester. Our Welcome Week highlights include....

Students honored for earning prestigious national and international awards at the annual UAB Fellowships Luncheon at UAB Alumni House.

As we finish up finals week here on campus, I want to congratulate in advance the more than 2,130 students who are graduating from UAB this spring semester.