A Message from the President – November 8, 2022

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Today is Election Day. I urge you to make your voice heard and exercise your right to vote in the general election.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative idea, I also encourage you to sign up for theannual River Pitch Competition hosted by the Alabama Entrepreneurial Institute, a program founded by our Culverhouse College of Business. The contest is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the West Alabama community to win prize money and gain valuable feedback about their original business proposals.

Please join me in congratulating many talented student-athletes! Women’s soccer dominated with a perfect 10-0 regular SEC season, with the team positioned as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. Men’s and women’s track and field also merit praise for their impressive victories. For the first time in program history, they swept the SEC team championships with four women’s team runners in the top seven finishers and one of the closest men’s races on conference record.

We also celebrate another record-breaking achievement for UA’s research enterprise. For the ninth straight year, sponsored awards that elevate our students’ learning experience reached record highs. Federal sponsored awards reached unprecedented levels in 2022, and outside support for research more than doubled over the past four years.

Faculty and staff, it was good to see many of you at Fall Campus Assembly. Congratulations to our award winners for their dedication, innovation and commitment to the Capstone. Recognition is also due to Dr. Samory Pruitt, vice president for the Division of Community Affairs and proud UA alumnus, for his recent induction into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame. Since 2004, Dr. Pruitt has steadfastly served our campus and the surrounding region through leadership roles focused on public outreach and civic engagement.

Fall commencement is just over one month away, and more than 1,600 degree candidates are expected for the two ceremonies. A boundless future begins right here at The University of Alabama.

Roll Tide!

Stuart R. Bell