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“The greatest danger [the University of Alabama] has to apprehend is from its Trustees.”

— The Southern Advocate, Huntsville, Ala., September 17, 1831

The University Of Alabama System Board Of Trustees have a history of behaving badly. Acording to this article,  The early years of UA and its Board of Trustees, the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees opened the Univesity with shady land deals in 1831.

In 1956, the UA Board of Trustees expelled the only African American University of Alabama student in order to continue the fight against integration, and in 1963, the board forced another African American student, James Hood to stop attending The University of Alabama through intimidation tactics. The University Of Alabama System Board Of Trustees currently oversees the 3 universities in the University of Alabama System, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL. The Board has had a history of favoring The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL over the other 2 universities.

In 1983, in an attempt to maintain UAB's reputation as a commuter college, The Board Members denied UAB's request to apply for Federal funds to build on campus housing. In 2001, The Board Members forced UAB President Ann Reynolds to resign. In 2005, The Board settled a lawsuit with Ann Reynolds which alleged gender and age discrimination by paying Ms. Reynolds $475,000. In 2006, The Board did not allow UAB to hire Jimbo Fisher as the UAB Football coach. In 2011, a member of The Board appointed himself to the committee to search for a new UAH President. Also, in 2011, The Board denied UAB an on campus stadium for its football team, even though all 31 skyboxes were presold. In 2012, UAH requested input in the search for a new Chancellor for the University of Alabama System, but their request was denied.

In December of 2014, the UAB Football program was shut down, and many UAB alumni, students, and employees believe the members of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees were behind the end of UAB Football. The members deny they were involved in the decision, and even if they were not behind the decision, they have thrown their full support behind the decision. The decision angered UAB students, alumni, employees, and supporters, and united them in a fight against The Board. In response to the outrage, The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved paying for an ad to attempt to restore their reputation. It is alleged this ad campaign cost more than the salary of The UAB Football coach, Bill Clark.

The ad has done nothing to quash the anger; the only thing the members of The Board have accomplished is uniting supporters of UAB in a fight to gain independence for UAB. The first goal is to restore football, and the ultimate goal is to gain more representation on The Board, create UAB’s own Board, or even completely abolish the University of Alabama System. Members of the FreeUAB movement will travel to Montgomery in an attempt to ask legislators to help free UAB from the grip of The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

UAB Supporters Rally to Save the Football Program - 12/01/2014
BlazerTV.COM Reports: FreeUAB Rally - February 2012 UA Board of Trustees Meeting
The #freeuab campaign as they went to Tuscaloosa in protest of the proposed On-Campus Stadium being tabled from the November meeting.

Supporting Articles


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Jimbo Fisher Debacle Won't Die
UAB president Ann Reynolds stepping down
Tuscaloosa News
John Rogers Wants UAB out of UA System
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Talk of three Boards of Trustees
Tuscaloosa News
Politics and Trustees Should Not Be Mixed
Tuscaloosa News
UA Board of Trustees vs. James Hood
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UA Board of Trustees Fight Integration
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