Witt Named United Way Campaign Chairman
Dr. Robert Witt will serve as the United Way of West Alabama’s (UWWA) 2016 Campaign Chairman. In this volunteer leadership role, Dr. Witt will join with the campaign cabinet and a broad network of United Way supporters in fund-raising efforts to meet the 2016 campaign goal that will provide crucial financial support to United Way’s 26 partner agencies in West Alabama.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Witt leading our UWWA campaign this year,” says Jackie Wuska, President & CEO of UWWA. “His proven success in building support and partnerships to better our community will have a lasting impact on our nine-county region. We believe Dr. Witt’s leadership will result in both increased community participation and heightened awareness of the critical needs in West Alabama.”
Dr. Witt is Chancellor of The University of Alabama System, which is comprised of The University of Alabama, UAB, UAH and the UAB Health System. The UA System is Alabama’s largest higher education enterprise and has an annual economic impact exceeding $8 billion. Prior to that appointment he was President of The University of Alabama for nine years after spending 35 years in The University of Texas System. During his tenure as dean of the UT business school, The Wall Street Journal recognized it as one of the top seven public schools of business in the world.
“After working with United Way and its agencies for a number of years, I understand and appreciate the importance of working together to raise money for the community each year,” explains Witt. “I look forward to helping Jackie Wuska and her team reach this year’s campaign goal.”
Dr. Witt’s leadership activities include United Way of West Alabama’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society Executive Committee and Elizabeth Project Care’s Advisory Board. He is past chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, a past member of the Tuscaloosa County IDA Board and the Black Warrior Council Boy Scouts of America. In 2011 he was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, which is comprised of 100 living Alabamians elected on the basis of service to the state. In 2014 he was selected by the Community Foundation of West Alabama as a Pillar of West Alabama, and in 2015 he was inducted into the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s Civic Hall of Fame.
He received his B.A. in economics from Bates College, his M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and his Ph.D. from Penn State University. Dr. Witt and his wife Sandee have five grandchildren.
Other new members named to UWWA’s Board of Directors are as follows:
Susan Bell, The University of Alabama
Lindsey Case, Capstone Bank (UWWA Young Leaders Society President)
Nicole Perrigin, NUCOR Steel
Jay Wells, Alabama Power Company