Office of the Chancellor
ROBERT E. WITT, Ph.D.
The Chancellor is appointed by the Board and serves as the chief executive officer of the System, exercising such executive powers as are necessary for the appropriate governance of the System. The Chancellor is the principal link between the Board’s responsibility for policy and each President’s responsibility for operations. The Chancellor reports directly to the Board regarding the current affairs of all components of the System and discusses with the Board basic issues, new directions, and policy recommendations. The Chancellor directs the planning, development, and appraisal of all activities of the System, and is responsible for their coordination and implementation. The Chancellor also provides linkage between the System and various components of state government, as well as other educational groups and organizations.
Dr. Robert E. Witt is Chancellor of The University of Alabama System, which is Alabama’s largest higher education enterprise. With a budget exceeding $5 billion and an annual economic impact of more than $8 billion, the UA System is comprised of doctoral research universities in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville as well as the acclaimed UAB Health System.
Prior to his election as Chancellor, Dr. Witt served as President of The University of Alabama from 2003-2012. During his nine-year tenure at the Capstone, he spearheaded an ambitious plan for academic growth and achievement that has positioned UA as one of America’s fastest growing public universities.
Before being recruited to The University of Alabama, Dr. Witt was President of the University of Texas at Arlington from 1995-2003. He began his 35-year career in higher education in 1968 when he joined the business school faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, rising through the ranks as department chair and associate dean. In 1985 he was named dean of the UT business school, which was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top seven public schools of business in the world.
Dr. Witt is chairman of the Council of Presidents of Alabama’s public colleges and universities. Other leadership activities include: the Governor’s College & Career Ready Task Force; the American Cast Iron Pipe Company Board of Directors; the Alexis deTocqueville Executive Committee; the Advisory Board, Elizabeth Project Care Board. He is past chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, a past member of the Tuscaloosa County IDA Board and the Black Warrior Council Boy Scouts of America. In 2011 he was inducted into to the Alabama Academy of Honor, which is comprised of 100 living Alabamians elected on the basis of service to the state.
Robert Witt received his B.A. in economics from Bates College, his M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and his Ph.D. from Penn State University. Dr. Witt and his wife Sandee have five grandchildren.
The University of Alabama System
Office of the Chancellor
500 University Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1551