Economic engine: UA System has wide-ranging impact on state

An Interview with Interim Chancellor Fess St. John

Interim Chancellor Fess St. John extols the virtues and impact of The University of Alabama System.

Transcript of An Interview with Interim Chancellor Fess St. John

Fess St John:

“It’s hard to think of another enterprise in the last 10 or 15 years with the same record of success we’ve had.

“The question is, what can we do to make it do more for the state.

“Because, ultimately, we all work for the state of Alabama, for the good of the people of Alabama.

“When you think about the number of students that go to UAH, and UAB, and The University of Alabama.

“And the number of patients that visit UAB hospital, the research that’s being done, the economic impact that it has on the state.

“It’s one of our biggest success stories.

“I think we’re positioned like nobody else to lead a unified system of education for this state that can change and help the lives of our citizens.

“We want a better prepared, better educated worker, professional, graduate, leader, when they come out of the educational system from day one.

“I think our system has vast untapped potential to do good for the state of Alabama.”

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