The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Board of Visitors (BOV) was established in 1992, by the efforts of six very important people to the University: the third Dean of the School, Rachel Z. Booth; previous UAB Presidents, Dr. Charles A. McCallum and S. Richardson Hill, Jr.; former SON faculty members Glenda McGaha and Juanzetta Flowers; and community leader Robert E. Luckie, Jr. The original Board consisted of 14 founding members, and was led by founding Chair Lella Bromberg and founding Co-Chair LaVona Rushton. During that inaugural year, the founding Board grew to 19 members. The Board gathered for its inaugural meeting on January 27, 1992.
The BOV is comprised of a diverse group of leaders who participate in, support and promote the School of Nursing’s programs in public relations, development and fundraising. The Board provides support and advocacy for activities and programs to enhance the School’s visibility, reputation and financial success. Today, eight of the original 19 founding members, are still active on the Board.
Established in 2006, the Junior Board of Visitors (JBOV) was created as a vehicle for a young generation of community leaders to make a contribution to nursing and nursing education through support of UAB’s School of Nursing. The vision was that the JBOV would create a further extension of the Board of Visitors' endeavors to support initiatives of the UAB School of Nursing. Two members of the senior Board of Visitors work closely as liaisons with the JBOV.
Under the leadership of its founding Chair, Mary Katherine Cabaniss, the Junior Board held its inaugural fundraising event September 30, 2007, known as No-Show Ball. This unique event has enjoyed great success over the years, including a monumental year in 2012, raising over $100,000 in memory of Houston and Morgan McCoin, precious babies of JBOV member Elizabeth McCoin and husband Seth McCoin, and in honor of the nurses who cared for them. The Seth Houston McCoin, Jr. and Elizabeth Morgan McCoin Endowed Scholarship in Pediatric Nursing will financially assist graduate-level students in pursuing their dreams of taking care of other babies.