The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System

The purpose of the Board of Trustees is to ensure the effective leadership, management and control over the activities of the three doctoral research universities in The University of Alabama System. This structure provides for a definitive, orderly form of governance, and secures and continues responsive, progressive, and superior institutions of higher education. The Board of Trustees created the present multi-campus structure in 1969, and each of the component institutions has a unique mission that is consistent with the broader mission of the System.

Upcoming Board Meeting

  • Institutional Meeting, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    - in Birmingham

About the Board

Established in 1969, The University of Alabama System includes The University of Alabama (located in Tuscaloosa), The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville. The System is governed by a self-nominating Board of 15 elected and two ex-officio members.

The Constitution of the State of Alabama provides that the Board is composed of three members from the Congressional district in which the Tuscaloosa campus is located and two members from each of the other six Congressional districts. The Governor and the State Superintendent of Education are ex-officio members of the Board. Those members who are not ex-officio are elected by the Board, subject to confirmation by the State Senate and may serve up to three consecutive, full six-year terms.

The purpose of the Board of Trustees is to ensure the effective leadership, management and control over the activities of the three doctoral research universities in The University of Alabama System. This structure provides for a definitive, orderly form of governance, and secures and continues responsive, progressive, and superior institutions of higher education.

The primary functions of the Board are to determine the major policies of the System. These include reviewing existing policies; defining the mission, role, and scope of each campus; and assuming ultimate responsibility to the public and political bodies of Alabama. Rules, policies, and procedures are promulgated to ensure that, through The University of Alabama System Office, the necessary flow of information for such accountability takes place.

Members of the Board

  • Karen Brooks

    7th Congressional District

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  • John England Jr.

    7th Congressional District

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  • Joseph Espy III

    2nd Congressional District

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  • Ronald Gray

    5th Congressional District, President Pro tempore

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  • Barbara Humphrey

    7th Congressional District

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  • Vanessa Leonard

    6th Congressional District

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  • W. Davis Malone III

    2nd Congressional District

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  • Harris Morrissette

    1st Congressional District

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  • Scott Phelps

    4th Congressional District

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  • William Sexton

    5th Congressional District

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  • Finis St. John IV

    4th Congressional District

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  • W. Stancil Starnes

    6th Congressional District

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  • Marietta Urquhart

    1st Congressional District

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  • Kenneth Vandervoort M.D.

    3rd Congressional District

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  • James Wilson III

    3rd Congressional District

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  • Kay Ivey

    Governor, State of Alabama, President Ex-Officio

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  • Eric Mackey

    Superintendent, Alabama State Board of Education, Member Ex-Officio

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Trustees Emeriti

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Secretary of the Board

The duties and responsibilities of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System include but are not limited to the following: cause notice of meetings of the Board and committees to be given to the members thereof; prepare and distribute agenda; attend Board meetings; make, record, and retain complete records and minutes of all official actions of the Board and its committees; and maintain all other deeds, contracts, books, and documents and records of the Board and its committees. The Secretary is custodian of the corporate seal. The Secretary of the Board of Trustees is appointed by the Board and serves at its pleasure.