UAB to begin search for next provost

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UAB is initiating a national search for its next provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs to replace Pam Benoit, Ph.D., who announced she will retire at the end of 2023.

School of Optometry Dean Kelly Nichols and Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Brian Burnett will chair the search committee, which represents a diverse set of stakeholders: 

  • David Allen, associate vice president, UAB Advancement
  • Lili Anderson, executive director, UAB Arts
  • Jim Bakken, chief communication officer
  • Bradley Barnes, vice provost for enrollment management
  • Tika Beneviste, senior associate dean, Heersink School of Medicine
  • LaShell Cameron, fiscal officer, Office of the Provost
  • Katie Crenshaw, chief risk and compliance officer
  • Paulette Dilworth, vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Jeff Holmes, dean, School of Engineering
  • John Jones, vice president, Student Affairs
  • Joe March, Faculty Senate
  • Shadi Martin, dean, UAB Graduate School
  • Karolina Muktar, chair, Department of Biology
  • Rhea Pandit, Student Government Association
  • Josie Prado, Faculty Senate
  • Kecia Thomas, dean, College of Arts and Sciences          

“The person selected to fill this vital position will help drive UAB’s strategic growth across critical parts of our mission at an exciting time in the history of our great institution,” said UAB President Ray Watts. “We have unprecedented positive momentum across the institution, and I thank the search committee members for dedicating their time to this important search.”

The committee will be assisted by the national search firm, WittKeifer. A description of the position and application process and other search-related information will be available through the Office of Human Resources. Updates on the search process will be posted on the UAB Executive Search webpage as they become available.