Dear UAH Students, Faculty, and Staff:

I am writing today to share news about my upcoming retirement plans effective at the end of this calendar year. My wife and I have made this decision due to private family matters and after determining our personal priorities must come first.

I am deeply grateful to Chancellor St. John, the Board of Trustees, and the UAH community for my tenure here, and I am proud of the challenges we have navigated together successfully during unprecedented times.

Tomorrow, Chancellor St. John will share an update about the planned transition, which I fully support. The Chancellor, the Board, and UAH’s supporters have a deep and abiding commitment to UAH’s trajectory as a national leader in teaching, research and public service. I have complete confidence that the transition will be smooth and seamless.

It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your president. Thank you for your unwavering support of our institution, mission and vision.


Darren Dawson