A Message from the President – March 30, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I know you join me in applauding the historic efforts of Coach Nate Oats and our men’s basketball team as they claimed the SEC regular season and tournament championships on their way to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Congratulations, as well, to Coach Kristy Curry and the women’s basketball team for their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in over two decades. We also celebrate Coach Dana Duckworth and the gymnastics team for winning another SEC Championship; they will host the 2021 NCAA Gymnastics Regional this weekend in Coleman Coliseum. And, UA runner Mercy Chelangat claimed an individual NCAA Cross Country Championship with the best individual finish in school history. Results like these leave no room for doubt; our student-athletes rank among the elite in the nation.

As our academic achievements attest, our success extends well beyond the athletic arena. We are very proud of UA’s leadership in transformational education, leading-edge research and inspirational service. The School of Law was recently ranked No. 25 on the list of best law graduate schools in the nation and ninth among public law schools for 2022 by U.S. News and World Report. Special recognition is also due for UA senior Kathleen McManus for being named PRWeek’s 2021 Outstanding Student; she credits faculty mentoring within UA’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations for much of her success. In addition, please join me in honoring the three UA students who received a Critical Language Scholarship to study overseas this summer, furthering their opportunities to contribute to the U.S. economy and to issues of national security.

As we move into April, proud UA students and alumni will be receiving their class rings through a special ring ceremony, an important tradition for conveying the Capstone spirit. From athletic triumphs to academic success, The University of Alabama remains the place Where Legends Are Made.

Finally, we continue to see low COVID-positive numbers and increasing vaccination rates, supporting our plan to return to normal operations for the Fall 2021 Semester. Thank you for your continued vigilance in our ongoing efforts to protect our campus community.

Roll Tide!

Stuart R. Bell