“The addition of the Cooperative Institute to The University of Alabama’s campus bolsters UA’s position at the epicenter of water research and operations,” said UA System Chancellor Finis St. John. “The opportunity to earn this competitive grant and lead the nation in this transformative work providing exceptional educational opportunities for our students would not be possible without Sen. Richard Shelby’s support to bring the National Water Center and U.S. Geological Survey partners to our campus.”

With transformative support of up to $360 million over the next five years from the federal government, The University of Alabama is poised to become a standard bearer in translating water research into operations that improve the nation’s ability to predict water-related hazards and effectively manage water resources.

Autherine Lucy Foster at commencement ceremony.

February 11, 2022

In June 2020, the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees convened a diverse working group to conduct an in-depth review of named buildings, structures and spaces on UA System campuses relative to its fundamental Shared Values, including diversity, inclusion and respect.

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Chancellor St. John appoints accomplished higher education administrator as next leader of UAH, pending formal approval by UA System Board of Trustees

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – UA System Chancellor Finis St. John today announced that he will recommend Dr. Chuck Karr as interim president of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) to succeed retiring president Dr. Darren Dawson. Dr. Karr recently retired from The University of Alabama (UA) after 26 years, which included a lengthy and highly successful tenure as the College of Engineering’s dean.

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UA to consider new public policy institute after historic donation

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) will donate his official Senate papers, records and materials to The University of Alabama at the conclusion of his sixth U.S. Senate term, UA System Chancellor Finis St. John announced today at the UA Institutional meeting of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. This donation will provide the University with the opportunity to house one-of-a-kind historical records.

University of Alabama System Campuses and Auburn University Notified Employees of Legal Obligation Imposed by President Biden’s Executive Order

The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System has elected Ken Simon to succeed Judge John England Jr., who has represented Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District since his election to the Board in 1998. The UA System Board of Trustees oversees the state’s largest higher education enterprise and is comprised of 15 elected members and ex-officio member Gov. Kay Ivey.

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The University of Alabama System COVID-19 Dashboard published today includes self-reported student vaccination data that is substantially higher than the state average for the age group.

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July 20, 2021

The University of Alabama System will return to in-person instruction, events and activities for the fall 2021 semester. The UA System Health and Safety Task Force made the recommendation to UA System Chancellor Finis St. John and the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees after assessing statistical data, increased vaccine availability and public health guidelines.

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For the fifth consecutive year at the University of Alabama and the fourth consecutive year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, in-state students will not see an increase in base tuition for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. In addition, nonresident tuition will not increase for the third sequential year.

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The University of Alabama System campuses plan to return to traditional in-person instruction without restrictions on classroom capacity for the Fall 2021 semester.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is no ordinary institute of higher education. Not only are its 23,000 employees responsible for the education and well-being of more than 22,000 students, but many have also been tasked with caring for thousands of pandemic-stricken patients.

Judge John England Jr.

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On Feb. 5, 2021, the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System unanimously approved the renaming of the former George C. Wallace Building on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. Effective today, the facility is the Physical Education Building.


Senior Vice Chancellor for Communications and Community Relations Kellee Reinhart retired February 1 after 30-plus years of service to The University of Alabama System and will be succeeded by Lynn L. Cole.

Concept art of new genomic medicine building.

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University of Alabama System Thanks Governor Kay Ivey — Governor’s $50 Million Commitment to Genomic Medicine/Data Sciences Center is an Investment in Every Alabama Citizen

“We deeply appreciate Governor Kay Ivey’s $50 million commitment to the Altec/Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building at UAB,” Chancellor Finis St. John said today in response to Governor Ivey’s announcement of a $50 million commitment to the project. “This transformational research facility will have a life-changing impact on the citizens of Alabama for generations to come while improving health care delivery around the world.”

Mike Saag, M.D., professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases.

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As university administrators consider their options in responding to the presence of COVID-19 outbreaks on campuses, consensus is building among experts that closing a university and sending students home may increase the public health risk.

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Today the University of Alabama System launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated weekly with testing results for students, faculty, and staff on the three UA System campuses: The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Hands holding a cell phone with the GuideSafe app open.

“We are pleased to provide this new testing service to all public colleges and universities across our state. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Governor Ivey and her team to bring this project forward and help Alabama’s citizens during this unprecedented time.” — UA System Chancellor Finis St. John

Governor Kay Ivey announced two programs that will provide robust COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring, as well as notification of exposure to COVID-19, initially to public institutions of higher education.

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Based on the recommendations of the University of Alabama System Task Force, the Board of Trustees believes that the UA System can best fulfill its core mission of teaching, research, and service by resuming on-campus activities in the Fall 2020 semester.

Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., Dean, UAB School of Medicine.

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The news of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have brought forth expressions of deep anguish, fear, sadness, and rage in communities across the nation.

It is our duty at the University of Alabama System to maintain the academic, operational and financial integrity of our three campuses and the UAB Health System.