The Honorable Kay Ivey

  • Governor of Alabama
  • Ex Officio President of the Board of Trustees

Trustees, by Congressional District

First District

  • Harris V. Morrissette, Mobile
  • Marietta M. Urquhart, Mobile

Second District

  • Joseph C. Espy III, Montgomery
  • W. Davis Malone III, Dothan

Third District

  • Kenneth L. Vandervoort, M.D., Anniston
  • James W. Wilson III, Montgomery

Fourth District

  • Finis E. St. John IV, Cullman
  • Scott M. Phelps, Tuscaloosa

Fifth District

  • Ronald W. Gray, Huntsville; President Pro Tempore of The Board
  • William Britt Sexton, Decatur

Sixth District

  • Vanessa Leonard, Rockford
  • W. Stancil "Stan" Starnes, Birmingham

Seventh District

  • Karen P. Brooks, Tuscaloosa
  • Judge John H. England Jr., Tuscaloosa
  • Barbara Humphrey, Birmingham

Trustees Emeriti

  • Frank H. Bromberg Jr., Birmingham
  • Paul W. Bryant Jr., Tuscaloosa
  • Angus R. Cooper II, Mobile
  • Oliver H. Delchamps Jr., Mobile
  • Jack Edwards, Mobile
  • Joseph L. Fine, Montgomery
  • Sandral Hullett, MD, Eutaw
  • Andria Scott Hurst, Birmingham
  • John D. Johns, Birmingham
  • Peter L. Lowe, Huntsville
  • John J. McMahon Jr., Birmingham
  • John T. Oliver Jr., Jasper
  • Joe H. Ritch, Huntsville
  • Cleophus Thomas Jr., Anniston
  • John Russell Thomas, Alexander City


  • Finis E. St. John IV (Interim)

Officers of the University

  • Stuart R. Bell, President
  • Kevin Whitaker, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • G. Christine Taylor, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
  • Matthew M. Fajack, Vice President for Financial Affairs 
  • Russell J. Mumper, Vice President for Research and Economic Development
  • Samory T. Pruitt, Vice President for Community Affairs
  • Linda Bonnin, Vice President for Strategic Communications
  • David Grady, Vice President for Student Life
  • Bob Pierce, Vice President for Advancement

Academic Divisions of the University

College of Arts and Sciences (1910)

  • Robert F. Olin, Dean

Culverhouse College of Business (1919)

  • Kay M. Palan, Dean

College of Communication and Information Sciences (1973)

  • Mark D. Nelson, Dean

College of Community Health Sciences (1971)

  • Richard Friend, Interim Dean

College of Continuing Studies (1919)

  • Jonathon Halbesleben, Interim Dean

College of Education (1909)

  • Peter S. Hlebowitsh, Dean 

College of Engineering (1909)

  • Charles L. Karr, Dean

Graduate School (1924)

  • Susan Carvalho, Dean

Honors College (2003)

  • Shane Sharpe, Dean

College of Human Environmental Sciences (1931)

  • Stuart Usdan, Dean

School of Law (1872)

  • Mark E. Brandon, Dean

Capstone College of Nursing (1976)

  • Suzanne Prevost, Dean

School of Social Work (1965)

  • Lesley Reid, Interim Dean

Graduate School Staff

Qualifications of the Graduate Faculty

The purpose of the graduate faculty of The University of Alabama is to set standards for graduate work and to provide graduate instruction. It is the responsibility of the graduate faculty in each division to elect its representative(s) to the Graduate Council, which acts for the faculty in matters relating to graduate work. There are three categories of members: full, associate, and temporary. Only members of the graduate faculty may teach courses numbered 500 or above, and only members of the graduate faculty may serve on thesis, dissertation, and examining committees. Only full members may chair dissertation committees, associate members may serve as chair on thesis committees.

Criteria for Full and Associate Members

The dean of each academic division has the annual responsibility of nominating members who meet the following criteria to serve on the graduate faculty:

  1. Hold the PhD or other terminal degree and hold the rank of at least assistant professor in a full-time, tenure-track position.
  2. Must demonstrate ability and continuing interest in the graduate program and in research or creative activity. Full members must show a strong, continuing record of productive research, publication, creative activity, and scholarly activity appropriate to the discipline. These broad requirements are best interpreted by each department and college considering their unique aspects.
  3. Be recommended by the departmental graduate faculty, department chairperson, and dean of the academic division.

These nominations then will be acted on by the chairperson of the Graduate Council, the dean of the Graduate School.

Terms of appointment

Full and associate members are appointed for six-year, renewable terms.

Temporary membership

Temporary membership may be extended to well-qualified individuals who do not satisfy the above criteria, to perform specific functions for specific time periods not to exceed three calendar years. They should be recommended by the departmental graduate faculty, department chairperson, and dean of the academic division. These nominations then will be acted on by the chairperson of the Graduate Council, the dean of the Graduate School. While temporary faculty members may serve as co-chair to a committee, they may NOT serve as the sole chair.

Administrative appointments

Faculty members currently on administrative appointments or returning to the faculty from such appointments are eligible for full or associate membership on the graduate faculty. They should show, at a minimum, promise of satisfying the appropriate departmental and University membership criteria. The individual's record of teaching and research before becoming an administrator should be considered.


Members of the graduate faculty are automatically permitted to retain graduate faculty status for one year after retirement. After a graduate faculty member retires, the faculty member may need to continue to serve as a chair or member of students' thesis or dissertation committees. Retired graduate faculty members may be appointed as temporary members of the graduate faculty for this purpose and/or to perform other specific functions. The nomination and appointment procedures for these temporary appointments are the same as those adopted by the academic unit and the University.

Graduate Faculty

A current list of full, associate and joint members of the Graduate Faculty is available online. It includes each faculty member’s name, department, status (associate or full member), appointment date, and end-of-appointment date. Faculty members need to apply through their department and the dean’s office of their college/school for reappointment to the graduate faculty during the fifth year of their six-year appointment, in order to continue to teach graduate courses, serve on thesis and dissertation committees, and chair dissertation committees (full members only).
A list of temporary graduate faculty is also available online. The graduate dean appoints such faculty to perform specific functions (e.g., serving on a thesis or dissertation committee) for a finite period of time, and the appointment ends when the function is completed.

Graduate Faculty Appointment Procedure

The procedure is the same for initial appointments and renewal appointments. The department chair sends the dean of the college an appointment request either for full, associate, or temporary graduate faculty status.

The department chair attaches the faculty member’s current curriculum vitae to the request. The dean of the college reviews the request and, if the dean approves, forwards the request to the dean of the graduate school. The dean of the graduate school reviews the request and responds to the dean of the college, the department chair, and the graduate faculty candidate.