Samory Touré Pruitt
University of Alabama
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Samory T. Pruitt has worked for the University of Alabama since 1986, and has served as Vice President for Community Affairs since the Division’s creation in 2004. He is responsible for developing and managing community engagement programs and providing campus leadership to enhance the quality of life both within and beyond the campus community. Under his leadership, the Division has grown to include the Center for Community-Based Partnerships, which houses community education and health-related programs geared toward building partnerships and capacity that seek to address quality of life issues in communities. The Division’s Crossroads Civic Engagement Center provides leadership and resources that focus on fostering civic learning and democratic engagement opportunities. The Division is privileged to work closely with the nationally acclaimed UA Council on Community-Based Partnerships, a campus-wide multidisciplinary organization consisting of almost 200 faculty, staff, students and community partners who offer expertise across the scope of community-engaged research. Pruitt is president of the Board of Directors of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium and in fall 2019 was named to the Commission on Economic and Community Engagement Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Additionally, he is the publisher of the international Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.
Areas of Expertise
- Higher education administration
- Community-engaged scholarship and research