Scotty McCallum

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Scotty McCallum

Charles Alexander "Scotty" McCallum, Jr. (born c. 1926) is a dentist, educator, and the former President of University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was also a 2-term mayor of Vestavia Hills.

At UAB, McCallum served as dean of the UAB School of Dentistry, vice president of Health Affairs and director of the UAB Medical Center. He served as president for 7 years. On December 12, 1996 the Basic Science Education and Research Building was renamed to the McCallum Basic Health Sciences Building in his honor for his many years of service to UAB.

McCallum positions at UAB

UAB Positions

  • Professor of Dentistry and Chairman of the Deparment of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1958-1965, 1968-1969)
  • Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry (1962-1977)
  • Vice President for Health Affairs and Director of the Medical Center (1977-1987)
  • President of UAB, 1987-1993
  • Distinguished Professor, 1993-present

Other positions

McCallum was president and CEO of the Alabama Symphony Association, chairman of the Metropolitan Development Board until 1999 and general campaign chairman of the United Way of Central Alabama. He also is an alumnus of Leadership Birmingham.

In August 2000, the then-74-year-old McCallum was endorsed for Mayor by a group opposing the current leaders. McCallum handily defeated 3-term mayor C. Pat Reynolds and served two terms before retiring his position. His successor is long-time Vestavia fire chief Butch Zaragoza. During McCallum's term, he sought to bring more businesses into the city. Those included the Vestavia Hills City Center and a Publix Shopping Center. The city's schools also were a priority, with the school system consistently ranking high among Alabama's school systems. He also pushed for the city's annexation of Cahaba Heights in 2002, a move which connected the original city to the annexed Liberty Park, which at the time was 2 miles away from the contiguous city limits.

McCallum is married to Alice Lasseter McCallum. They have four grown sons.

Preceded by:
S. Richardson Hill
UAB President
Succeeded by:
Claude Bennett
Preceded by:
C. Pat Reynolds
Mayor of Vestavia Hills
Succeeded by:
Butch Zaragoza

External links


  • "Ex-president of UAB points to experience." (August 16, 2000) Birmingham News.
  • Wright, Barnett (May 1, 2002) "Cahaba Heights annexation: Vestavia Hills mayor pushes issue." Birmingham News.