Crime Stoppers President Donates $10 Million to UAB, Largest Alumnus Donation in School’s History

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama President J. Frank Barefield, Jr. recently donated $10 million to the UAB in an effort to bridge criminal justice and entrepreneurial economic growth.

This is the largest single donation made by an alumnus in the college’s history.

Of this amount, $5 million will go toward building and appointing the UAB J. Frank Barefield Jr. Criminal Justice Department to the College of Arts and Sciences.

The remaining $5 million will be used to name the UAB J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Entrepreneurship Program at the Collat ​​School of Business.

This donation will also help appoint and recruit endowed faculty positions under the J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Endowed Professorship in Criminal Justice and the J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurship.

“UAB is where I received my MBA, and I very much appreciate the benefits that earning this degree has given me,” Barefield said. He felt it was time to start helping others.

Barefield earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation while taking night classes to receive his MBA.

This was after earning his undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Alabama and serving four years in the US Air Force. He also provided audit and advisory services to healthcare, retail, manufacturing and real estate clients for five years with Arthur Young & Company.

“This generous gift will bring significant progress in recruiting and retaining top faculty and students, accelerating research and development of new programs, creating additional jobs and start-up businesses, and fostering a safer and more prosperous Birmingham,” Barefield said.

He wanted to help reduce crime and get criminals off the streets after observing the negative effects of crime on individuals and the economy.

Barefield has agreed to join the board of Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama. During the last 10 years as president, 1,651 felony arrests were made and 3,717 felony cases were cleared, according to the university.

Barefield’s donation will help Collat ​​School of Business’s entrepreneurship program by providing world-class education to Birmingham residents and creating new jobs that will make waves in the city and beyond.

“The impact on our students and on Birmingham’s entrepreneurial ecosystem will be huge for years to come,” said Eric Jack, Dean of the Collat ​​School of Business.

“We are grateful for Mr. Barefield’s generosity, vision and loyalty to UAB and the Collat ​​School of Business.”

Kecia Thomas, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke about the significance of Barefield’s donation.

“The core value that drives the ministry is justice,” Thomas said. “This incredible gift will give the department the opportunity to expand its reach as it seeks to identify and dismantle the elements and systems that produce crime…I look forward to producing graduates of the program who will provide community-based and justice-centered leadership for our society.”

“There is probably no greater adversary to business than the many crimes perpetrated against the public by those individuals who wish to take something – be it someone’s life or property – from those who have it. won,” Barefield said. “Business only thrives when honest people get the rewards they’ve earned. That’s one of the reasons Crime Stoppers does so much to help reduce crime – by rewarding anonymous whistleblowers who don’t than to “make a call and make a difference”.

With respect to criminal justice, this $5 million investment will help the ministry expand its activities to predict an individual’s risk factors for crime, work with law enforcement on crime prevention and implement neighborhood interventions to address cycles of violence, as well as prepare students for exciting careers in the science of crime.

Continuing to propel the growing entrepreneurship program at the Collat ​​School of Business, Barefield’s donation will help the program and in turn Birmingham will continue to serve as a catalyst for dynamic growth, provide world-class education order to Birmingham residents, incubate new businesses in growing industries and create new jobs that will make waves in the city and beyond.

For Barefield, who is impacting the next generation of students wanting to pursue careers in criminal justice and entrepreneurship, he encourages them to take the plunge and take risks to get what they want from a career. .

“I want to encourage anyone who thinks they want to be an entrepreneur to go out and take that risk,” Barefield explained. “Take the time to research what you want to do and figure out if it’s doable and give it a try. I wish students had more access to the details of the characteristics of different professions that will help them decide what area of ​​work they want to do. are the most passionate and driven to pursue. Learning from and listening to diverse entrepreneurs and professionals working in a wide range of specialties and backgrounds is also critical to that success.”

Mark M. Gagnon