Dr. Carol Z. Garrison is in her sixth year as President of UAB, Alabama's largest employer with some 18,000 employees, over 17,000 students and an economic impact on Birmingham exceeding $3 billion.
UAB continues it remarkable growth on many fronts, comprising over 80 city blocks on Birmingham's Southside. The Campus Green is taking shape at the heart of the campus, anchored by Heritage Hall, a new academic building just opened in January 2008, the award-winning Campus Recreation Center, Blazer Hall for freshmen, and the Commons on the Green dining facility.
UAB students carry on a tradition of excellence in the sciences and math, in medicine, and in the arts and humanities. In fall 2007, UAB welcomed its best prepared freshman class ever, and just in the past five years, students have earned six Fulbright, five Goldwater, and two Truman Scholarships, as well as a Rhodes Scholarship in 2000. In addition to its nationally acclaimed University Honors Program, UAB has developed a Science and Technology Honors Program and a Global and Community Leadership Honors Program.
UAB's research enterprise remains on the leading edge, ranked among the top 20 universities nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Researchers in the genetics program, collaborating with colleagues at MIT, recently became the first to actually use skin cells transformed into stem cells to cure sickle cell anemia in mice. Researchers are also pushing the envelope in neuroscience, as UAB is home to an NIH-funded Neuroscience Blueprint Core facility, one of only four in the nation.
As President of UAB, Dr. Garrison also chairs the board of the UAB Health System, which includes the UAB Hospital, the Kirklin Clinic, and other of UAB's nationally ranked patient care facilities. Now under construction is a Women and Infant's Facility and the Hazelrig-Salter Radiation Oncology Facility.
Dr. Garrison is both UAB President and a proud alumna, earning her master's degree in nursing at UAB in 1976. She earned her bachelor's degree and PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her first full-time job was in UAB Hospital.