John J. McMahon Jr.

The McMahon-Pleiad Prize honors Trustee Emeritus John J. McMahon Jr. and recognizes his family’s contributions to The University of Alabama System and our state, including a generous gift that funds the prize. 

The prize of $75,000 will be awarded to a member of the faculty or staff at a UA System entity – UA, UAB, UAH, or UAB Medicine – who has made, and will make, significant contributions through teaching, research, and service in alignment with the UA System’s missions, values, and core principles. At least half of the funds should be used to further the recipient’s contributions through teaching, research, or service. The remainder may be used at the recipient’s discretion. Preferred candidates are faculty and staff with less than 20 years of professional experience. 

Further information on Trustee Emeritus McMahon and the legacy of the McMahon family’s leadership may be found in the resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees.

Selection Procedure

  1. The Selection Committee is comprised of the Chancellor, campus presidents, and the CEO of the UAB Health System (or their designees).
  2. The Committee will evaluate the applications in accordance with the terms of the Board Resolution establishing the Prize.
  3. Anticipated Timeline:
    1. November 10, 2023 – All applications received 
    2. December 20, 2023 – Selection Committee chooses recipient and notifies applicants of the results

Application Process

The deadline for applications is November 10, 2023. Learn more about the application process.