Dr. Lillian Holland Harvey

In 1948 Lillian Holland Harvey received her master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University and initiated the first baccalaureate degree in nursing program in the state of Alabama at Tuskegee Institute. This program brought national attention to the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing flourished under the leadership of Dean Lillian Harvey. Nursing students not only received education and practical nursing experience at the Andrew Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, they were assigned to other major medical facilities from Massachusetts to Florida. Her graduates would forever credit Dr. Harvey with having a powerful influence on their lives through encouraging them to advance their education, be involved in their communities, and balance work with family. In 1957, the Nursing School received full accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program from the National League for Nursing. A believer in education, Dean Harvey completed her own doctor of education degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1966. She then completed a construction grant application to the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare that resulted in a new building for the School of Nursing. In 1978, she was the first person named Dean Emeritus by Tuskegee University. At the national level, she served on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the American Red Cross Advisory Committee on Nursing Service, and the Nursing Advisory Committee of the Kellogg Foundation. She was a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for Professional Traineeships of the U.S. Public Health Service. She served on the Board of Directors of the National League for Nursing and the American Journal of Nursing Company. In 1982, she was presented the prestigious Mary Mahoney Medal by the American Nurses’ Association.