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Janet Woodruff-Borden

UAB names Janet Woodruff-Borden senior vice president and provost

Dr. Janet Woodruff-Borden has been named senior vice president of Academic Affairs and provost at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Woodruff-Borden will join UAB from the University of Oregon, where she recently served as interim provost and executive vice president.

At UAB, she will lead UAB’s education mission as the chief academic officer and play a crucial role in supporting the university’s mission and the soon-to-launch updated strategic plan, Forging Ahead.

While at Oregon, Woodruff-Borden helped to develop and implement the university’s Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health. She also steered the university’s work to promote and advance the provost office’s work in curricular development and approval, program review and accreditation, faculty professional development, inclusive teaching, online and hybrid education and employee and labor relations matters.

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UAB President Ray Watts thanked the search committee and the campus community that provided feedback after each candidate’s visit. “Together, we have identified an SVP and provost more than capable of building on the tremendous momentum our academic enterprise and university continues to advance,” said Watts. “Dr. Woodruff-Borden has a long and a distinguished record of scholarly and academic achievement, and I am excited to welcome her to UAB.”

In addition to Woodruff-Borden’s leadership roles, she is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology, with extensive research published.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Virginia Tech. She also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.

Woodruff-Borden succeeds current Provost Pam Benoit, who is retiring in December. Woodruff-Borden will begin at UAB on Feb. 1, 2024.

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