Belmont University School of Nursing Professor Dr. Debra Wollaber has been selected to receive the Distinguished Nursing Alumnus Award by Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. The award honors a select few who represent the best of nursing through their contributions to practice, research, education and/or service. Dr. Wollaber received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Hartwick in 1973.
Wollaber began her tenure at Belmont as an adjunct assistant professor in 1988 while completing her doctorate in child and family studies at Syracuse University. She became Dean of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing in 1997, a position she held for a decade until moving back to full-time teaching in 2007. In commenting about her alma mater, Dr Wollaber says, “Hartwick is a special place for me. I really don’t think my career would have taken the trajectory it has without the solid, fine foundation that Hartwick gave me.”
The presentation of the award will occur at the Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony for Hartwick at the end of May, at which Wollaber will present the keynote address to the college’s graduating seniors.