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 Benveniste, senior vice dean for research, 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.”

Faculty are encouraged to submit nominations and recommendations to the search committee and WittKeifer, the firm assisting with the national search. Email the name and place of employment of prospective candidates to

A description of the position and application process and other search-related information is available online. Updates on the search process will be posted on the UAB Executive Search website as they become available.