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Academic Affairs

The executive vice president and provost directs, coordinates, and facilitates development of the University's academic programs in instruction, research, and public service. The major functions of the executive vice president and provost include planning—in cooperation with deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff—the development, operation, and improvement of the academic program, including requirements for operating expenses, equipment, staff, and plant; development, for approval by the president, of budgets for the academic divisions, academic support areas, and special units; coordination of all instructional and degree-granting activities in undergraduate, graduate, and professional disciplines and fields; approval for the president, or in concert with the president, of appointments, promotions, tenure, sabbaticals, and terms of employment of faculty and staff within all academic units; and review and approval of consulting contracts or other outside employment of faculty as well as faculty leaves and faculty exchanges.

The executive vice president and provost coordinates the research and public service programs of the University. These responsibilities involve planning and promoting research and service activities that complement and contribute to the other activities and missions of the University. The provost encourages and supports research through liaison with appropriate funding agencies and maintains and expands contacts with individuals and organizations for whom the University can provide appropriate public service.

Staff officers, designated as associate vice presidents or assistant vice presidents, assist the executive vice president and provost with planning, budgets, personnel matters, interdisciplinary programs, new program development, program evaluation, and supervision of support functions.

The Academic Affairs division includes the following areas, which report to the executive vice president and provost: University Libraries, Office of Information Technology, Telecommunication Department, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Office of Academic Records and University Registrar, Center for Teaching and Learning, Capstone International Center, Testing and Data Management Services, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Space Management.

Community Affairs

The Office of Community Affairs fosters collaborations in areas of external community and regional service involving faculty, staff, and students from academic and administrative units across the University that seek to improve the quality of life in local and rural communities. This office promotes a welcoming and inclusive campus environment by providing leadership to the internal campus community in the areas of diversity, inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and equity. Community Affairs is supported directly by the Program for Rural Services and Research, the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and University Compliance, and the Crossroads Community Center.

Financial Affairs

The vice president for financial affairs and treasurer is the primary financial officer of the University and is fiscal advisor to the president. The vice president supervises and is assisted by an associate vice president for administration, an associate vice president for financial affairs, an associate vice president for finance, an assistant vice president for facilities, an assistant vice president for facilities planning, engineering, and construction, an associate vice president for human resources, an associate vice president for auxiliary and support services, and a director of public safety.


The vice president for research is responsible for coordinating the research enterprise of the university including grants and contract management, research policy and compliance, the Central Analytical Facility, technology transfer, and development of new research initiatives. The vice president supervises and is assisted by an associate vice president for research, the director of the Office for Sponsored Programs, assistant to the vice president, and the executive director of the Alabama Institute for Manufacturing Excellence.

Student Affairs

The vice president for student affairs is responsible for coordinating services for students and providing leadership in the development of programs that enhance the academic experience of student life.

The Student Affairs division consists of the following major areas:

For additional information about programs and services offered by the Student Affairs division, see "Support Programs and Services for Students," p. 34.

University Advancement

The Office of University Advancement promotes and develops support for The University of Alabama. Its six divisions—Advancement Services, Alumni Affairs, Development, Marketing and Communications, Public Relations, and Special Services—report to the vice president for University Advancement, who is responsible for setting the direction of and coordinating their efforts. The three main functions of the office are constituency relations, fund-raising, and marketing communications.

Advancement Services, Development, and Special Services identify and solicit financial support for the University from individuals, corporations, foundations, support groups, and private businesses. In support of these efforts, they provide memoranda of agreement between the University and private donors of restricted gifts of all types, and draft resolutions for The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama that recognize endowments and other significant contributions.

Alumni Affairs represents the more than 200,000 living University alumni worldwide through 103 alumni chapters. The office works to channel the time, energy, and financial resources of alumni and friends into support of the University.

Public Relations and Marketing and Communications help develop public understanding of the mission of the University and of the changing directions of the institution. The offices provide public relations planning, media relations work, and marketing communications material for the University in accordance with need and institutional priorities.

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