Finis St. John IV is Chancellor of The University of Alabama System. In that capacity, he is chief executive officer of Alabama’s largest employer and largest higher education enterprise, which is comprised of three doctoral research universities and the UAB Health System.
Total enrollment in the UA System achieved a new record this fall with more than 70,400 students enrolled at UA, UAB, and UAH. The System’s annual economic impact surpasses $10 billion annually, and upwards of 1.7 million patients are served every year in the System’s hospitals and clinics.
Chancellor St. John graduated cum laude from The University of Alabama. A member of the University of Virginia School of Law Class of 1982, he chaired the Moot Court Board. After Law School he clerked for the Hon. Peter T. Fay, 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Prior to becoming Chancellor in 2018, Fess St. John served on the Board of Trustees for 17 years, chairing numerous key committees and filling an essential role in the recruitment of senior campus administrators. He was unanimously elected to three successive terms as President pro tempore of the Board.
Recognized nationally for his leadership in higher education, Chancellor St. John has a deep understanding of the essential value of rigorous, high-demand degree programs that prepare students for success in life. That was most recently demonstrated when he spearheaded a comprehensive health and safety program that enabled the successful reopening of System campuses this fall.
Chancellor St. John is a lifelong resident of Cullman and a member of one of Alabama’s oldest law firms, St. John & St. John, L.L.C., where he was recognized as a member of the distinguished American College of Trial Lawyers. St. John’s family has a long and distinguished history of service. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather served in the Alabama Legislature; his mother was the first female attorney in Cullman.
An Interview with Finis St. John
Fess St. John, Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, sat down with WVUA’s Mike Royer to discuss his vision for the System’s institutions and how they can make an even greater contribution to the State of Alabama and its future.