Message from Chancellor C. Ray Hayes
Thank you for your interest in The University of Alabama System. Established by the Board of Trustees in 1969, our System is rooted in a rich and distinguished history and serves our state and nation through 21 st century innovation, research, and scholarship.
Comprising three of the most dynamic research universities in the South and a world-class medical center, The University of Alabama System is Alabama’s largest employer and a major driver for economic, intellectual, and cultural growth. In fact, with more than 100,000 students, faculty and staff, we are the equivalent of Alabama’s fifth largest city. More than 13,000 students are housed on our campuses, 24,000 meals are served every day, and more than one million patients are treated annually in our medical facilities.
The University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Alabama in Huntsville are strategically situated in some of the region’s fastest-growing cities, with world-renowned reputations in wide-ranging areas from commerce and business to law, medicine, physical science, engineering and the arts.
With an annual budget of $5.9 billion, we are proud that the UA System annually makes an economic impact upwards of $8 billion. Earning a healthy return for the taxpayers who invest their hard-earned dollars in our institutions, the System is a powerful engine for economic development, job creation and breakthrough scientific research.
Today’s economy is driven by brainpower. The University of Alabama System is committed to providing our students with the finest academic preparation for successful careers while effectively serving our partners in both the public and private sectors through rigorous programs of research and high-quality service.
C. Ray Hayes