A Message from the President – March 16, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I hope our students were able to take advantage of yesterday’s wellness/study day to recharge and prepare for the stretch run of the spring semester.

This past weekend many of our student-athletes were busy competing for and winning championships on the national stage. Our Adapted Athletics programs were honored to host the Wheelchair Basketball National Championships Saturday in Stran-Hardin Arena, where the women’s team registered its seventh national title since 2009. Our men’s basketball team topped a record-breaking regular season with an electrifying SEC Tournament title Sunday in Nashville. Both the men’s and women’s teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament with the men matching a program-best No. 2 seed while the women earned a spot in the Big Dance for the first time since 1999. The Crimson Tide men will face Iona College Saturday at 2 p.m. and the Alabama women take on North Carolina Monday at 11 a.m.

We are proud of all our champions and the way they represent UA both inside and outside of the competitive arena.

Today, we are excited to announce plans for our spring commencement ceremonies. Building on the success of our fall and winter commencements, we will host nine ceremonies April 30-May 2 at Coleman Coliseum with our previously established health and safety protocols and best practices.

Congratulations are in order for Dr. David L. Albright, who was recently recognized as a Distinguished Research Professor by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees. Dr. Albright is internationally recognized for his scholarly work regarding military social work and is regarded as a thought leader in the area of veteran health and well-being. He joins a select list of UA faculty honored with this special appointment.

Finally, I’d like to congratulate and welcome our new Student Government Association executives led by incoming President Jill Fields. We look forward to working with you and the positive impact you will make on the Capstone.

We have made tremendous progress this spring and I remain grateful for your collective efforts to advance our mission and remain Tide Together.

Roll Tide!

Stuart R. Bell