Huntsville native Jeff Gronberg named to UA Board of Trustees

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The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees has named Jeff Gronberg as its newest member. (UA System)

A Huntsville native has just been named to the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. Jeff Gronberg, who is the chief executive officer of deciBel Research, was unanimously appointed to the position Friday.

Gronberg has been a civic and business leader in Huntsville for more than two decades. Here’s some more info on the UA Board of Trustees newest member:

Meet Jeff Gronberg (if you don’t already know him)

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Jeff Gronberg is the immediate past chair for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. (Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce)

If you live in Huntsville, you have likely met Jeff Gronberg — or at least have heard of him — as his involvement in the business community in Huntsville makes him a fitting representative to the UA Board of Trustees for the Fifth Congressional District.

“Jeff Gronberg’s strong ties to the University of Alabama System coupled with his proven track record of exemplary leadership make him an ideal representative to serve on the UA System Board of Trustees.”

Trustee Karen Brooks, chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee

Gronberg is the chief executive officer of deciBel Research, an employee-owned business in Cummings Research Park that specializes in research, development and integration of radar systems and sensor technologies.

Gronberg previously served as vice president of aerospace engineering at Analytical Services, Inc. (ASI) and director of engineering analysis at Teledyne Brown Engineering. Before focusing his career on federal government and defense, he worked in commercial consulting.

As immediate past chair of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Gronberg contributed to efforts that led to Huntsville’s recent selection as “the best place to live in the United States” by U.S. News & World Report.

He serves on the Huntsville Hospital Foundation Board, Huntsville Committee of 100 Board of Directors, and Redstone Regional Alliance. He is past president of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. He is active with the ALS Association, MS Society and American Heart Association. He is the former board chair of the Heart of the Valley YMCA.

Gronberg received his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Alabama, where he also attended graduate school.

He and his wife, Amy, are Huntsville natives, and their children (one of whom is Hville Blast’s very own Sarah Gronberg!) attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Gronberg has served on the UAH Foundation Board for several years.

Moving the UA System forward

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Jeff Gronberg served on the UAH Foundation Board for several years. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Gronberg replaces Trustee Emeritus William “Britt” Sexton on the Board of Trustees. He said he recognizes the impact the UA System has on all facets of the state’s well-being.

“The University of Alabama System is a precious jewel in our state, especially when you consider its abiding commitment to excellence and its far-reaching impact on education, research, healthcare, workforce and economic development, and beyond. I am honored to serve on the Board of Trustees and look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues on the Board, Chancellor St. John, and leaders across the UA System.”

New UA Trustee Jeff Gronberg

Board of Trustees President Pro Tempore W. Stancil Starnes echoed the sentiments of Karen Brooks, lauding the appointment of Gronberg:

“Jeff Gronberg possesses strong leadership acumen, as proven by the impressive credentials, awards, and accolades already accumulated in his professional career, and a resolute dedication to the University of Alabama System. I look forward to working with this experienced and highly respected business and civic leader and know the UA System will benefit from his service.”

President Pro Tempore W. Stancil Starnes

The UA System Board of Trustees is comprised of 15 elected members representing Alabama’s Congressional districts who serve on a volunteer basis, and the Governor of Alabama is an ex-officio member of the Board. Gronberg’s election will be submitted to the Alabama State Senate for confirmation.

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