Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Bonner: University of Alabama to "Share the Resources"

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Bonner: University of Alabama to "Share the Resources"

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University of Alabama President Judy Bonner announced Wednesday that the vice presidency of research would expand to include coordination of economic development efforts at the Capstone.

Bonner made the announcement in comments about the state of the university during the fall faculty/staff meeting at the Bryant Conference Center. Bonner was joined at the fall meeting by leaders from other campus institutions, including the Faculty Senate and Student Government Association.

The announcement of the changes to the vice presidency of research was among comments by Bonner emphasizing the campus' role in economic development for the state.

Vice President of Research Carl Pinkert will add economic development to his responsibilities and serve as the "point person" for the array of resources already available at the university, Bonner said. He also will work on developing

additional resources.

In a slide presentation accompanying Bonner's comments, UA's Center for Economic Development, International Trade Center, Alabama Productivity Center, Alabama Small Business Development, Cartographic Research Lab, Center for Economic and Business Research, Office of Archaeological Research and UA Safe State were listed as resources.

The added role highlights UA's emphasis on economic development locally and statewide and further promotes and develops strategic partnerships on and off campus, UA spokesperson Chris Bryant said following Bonner's announcement. The focus of UA's efforts is to help recruit companies and jobs while facilitating technology development and commercialization of work on campus.

Bonner linked UA's graduation rate to the economic health of the state. UA has increased the number of degrees granted by 50 percent since 2007, Bonner said.

"This is so important to the future of the state of Alabama," she said. "It is important we do everything we can for our state by sharing the

resources -- the human

resources and physical

resources -- we have in order to promote economic development in the state of Alabama. …

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