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Birmingham City Council Inviting UAB President Ray Watts to Join them for a Discussion on the Future of UAB

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                Wednesday May 13, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Birmingham City Council is inviting UAB President Ray Watts for an open discussion on the long-term plans of the notable university. The council says that they are extending the open invitation to President Watts in hopes that they can meet with him as soon as possible to ensure that both entities are on the same page, as city leaders look to continue to expand the global outlook for Birmingham.

“As we look to continue to market ourselves to global companies, it is pivotal that we continue to work with UAB to showcase all of the significant assets that exist within the university,” City Council President Johnathan Austin said. “We have had an open line of communication with past presidents, and our goal is to continue talks of those kinds that will allow us to strengthen our relationship with UAB.”

Councilors say that it is their hope that this meeting will provide them with some overall insight into what direction President Watts is looking to take the university in. With the ongoing announcements concerning new breakthroughs and developing initiatives that are taking place daily at UAB, councilors would like to know more specifically what they can do as a council to continue to promote the global projects that UAB is a part of.

“UAB is a jewel that we have in Birmingham, and the only way that we can continue to support this entity is if we are aware of the next steps for the university,” President Austin said. “A meeting of this kind is something that we must do continuously to ensure that we are in line with the university’s goal and initiatives.”

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.254.2036 or