U of Alabama Trustee Ron Gray Vows To Work With Committee To Improve UAH Relations With UA System

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Talk of the University of Alabama in Huntsville's leaving the UA System is "damaging" and creating "a lot of negative energy," according to a member of the UA System board of trustees.

Ron Gray, a longtime Huntsville resident who is in his third year on the trustee board, described UAH as being "in fantastic shape." He said faculty, staff and students are largely happy with the state of the school.

The growing conversation that has led to talk of UAH breaking away from the UA System, which it joined in 1969, can be attributed to "a sequence of events" that included a decision to end competitive hockey at UAH and the Tuscaloosa campus opening a research office in Huntsville to compete for military research dollars.

"The one thing I have concern about is the discussion about UAHuntsville pulling out of the system," Gray said last week in a meeting with The Times editorial board. "I think the discussions related to that are counterproductive at this point.

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