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Message from the Chancellor

Witt Message


Comprising three of the most dynamic universities in the South and a world-class medical center, The University of Alabama System is the State of Alabama’s largest employer and a major driver for economic, intellectual and cultural growth.


The University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Alabama in Huntsville are strategically situated in some of the region’s fastest-growing cities, serving our state and nation in wide-ranging areas from commerce and business to law, medicine, physical science, engineering and the arts.


With 63,300 students and an annual budget of $4.6 billion, we are proud that the UA System annually makes an economic impact upwards of $7.6 billion. Earning a healthy return for the taxpayers who invest their hard-earned dollars in our institutions, the System is a powerful engine for industrial recruitment, job creation and breakthrough scientific research.


Today’s economy is driven by brainpower. The University of Alabama System is committed to providing our students with the finest academic preparation for successful careers while effectively serving our partners in both the public and private sectors through rigorous programs of research and high-quality service.


Established by the Board of Trustees in 1969, The University of Alabama System is rooted in a rich and distinguished history and poised for continued growth, thanks to talented and dedicated faculty and staff. We are grateful for their contributions and extremely proud of the students who fill our classrooms and laboratories.



Robert E. Witt, Ph.D.