July 9, 2018

Today University of Alabama System Chancellor C. Ray Hayes announced President Dr. Robert Altenkirch’s plans to retire as CEO of The University of Alabama in Huntsville. According to Chancellor Hayes, President Altenkirch’s timeline will be sometime in the coming academic year. He will remain President at UAH until the search has been completed and his successor takes office.

Chancellor Hayes thanked Dr. Altenkirch and said: “When Bob Altenkirch came to UAH, there was absolutely no question he was – and continues to be — the right leader at the right time. He has led the transformation of the campus into a robust student-centered environment that pulses with activity around the clock, while taking research and scholarship to record levels. Working with Bob Altenkirch has been a highlight of my career, and I join with his friends and colleagues around the world in thanking him for his service.”

UA System Trustee Ron Gray, who is president pro tempore of the Board, said: “When Dr. Bob Altenkirch was unanimously elected President of UAH seven years ago, we knew he was a proven leader with impeccable experience who would guide UAH to new levels of greatness. By every measure, he has surpassed our ambitious expectations. In addition to his accomplishments on the campus, he has played an integral role in economic development and is a results-focused partner in the growth of our state and region. As Dr. Altenkirch announces his future retirement plans, we congratulate him on his outstanding service and extend our thanks to him and Beth for excellence at every level. We are particularly appreciative that Bob will remain as President at UAH until his successor is in place.”

Trustee Finis St. John IV, who chaired the search Advisory Committee seven years ago that resulted in the successful recruitment of President Altenkirch, said: “I was privileged to chair the Search Advisory Committee in 2011 that brought Dr. Altenkirch to UAH. Bob’s world-class experience in aerospace research, his administrative accomplishments at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and his well-earned reputation as a student-focused president were the perfect match for UAH and the North Alabama research and technology community. His tenure as president is producing record-setting results on all fronts, and his collaborative approach to building public-private partnerships has helped reshape the city of Huntsville and our state. It has been an honor to work with Bob and I deeply appreciate his service and his friendship.”