Nursing Alumni

Alumni Advisory Council

The Alumni Advisory Council primarily serves the College of Nursing to support its vision:

To be nationally recognized as leaders in health, addressing the needs of diverse populations.


  • Educate others about and actively advocate for the school and its academic programs, community service and outreach, and research.
  • Increase public relations and visibility of Auburn Nursing.
  • Build a communication network among alumni about events including alumni activities, alumni-student initiatives, and school events where volunteers are needed.
  • Attend two yearly meetings (spring semester and fall semester)
  • Serve as a link between the school and alumni.
  • Nominate alumni for school as well as university awards, among them the College of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumna/us Award and the Auburn Alumni Association Black Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Offer recommendations and/or make introductions for the lecture series, continuing education, and lifelong learning.
  • Actively support alumni engagement
  • Help build philanthropic gifts to the College of Nursing.

Distinguished Alumni


2023 Karen Harris Frith

2022 Jody White '02

2021 Capt. Ron Fancher '97

2021 Brooke Bailey '99

2020 Dr. Terri Allison '85

2019 Dr. Caralise Hunt '91

2018 Amy F. Brandon '05

2017 Annie Vosel '81

2016 Dr. Jan McAlister '91

2015 Dr. Susan Holmes '81

2014 Joel Shumaker '05

2013 Claudia Henderson '83

2012 Candace Mangum '99

2011 Dr. Angela Green '86

2010 Laura Moore '83

2009 Nancy Meisler '81 

Black Alumni Achievement Award

Distinguished Black Alumnus Award

The Auburn Alumni Association presented the distinguished Black Alumni Awards at a ceremony in April. The award recognizes recipients for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature and service to the university.

Bettina Days Wright, DNPc, MSN, NE-BC, has a rich background in nursing leadership, spanning over 30 years. Currently, she serves as the Asst. Director for Patient Care Practice at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, overseeing clinical operations in multiple surgery centers. As a retired Air Force Officer, she enjoyed 21 years of dedicated service, leadership and training.

With a focus on education, Wright obtained an associate degree in nursing and understood the need to be a lifelong learner. In 1996, she received an undergraduate degree in nursing from Auburn. She is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) candidate and holds a Nurse Executive certification in addition to other professional achievements. Her dedication to improving patient outcomes and developing future nurse leaders is evident through her extensive experience and contributions to publications, conference presentations, and continued support of AU college of nursing.

Bettina is happily married to Auburn alum Gary Wright ’87 and they are the proud parents of Dec. 2023 AU alumna Madison Wright. Additionally, she finds joy in family, travel, and sports, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Congratulations to Bettina Days Wright!

Previous Winners of the Black Alumnus Award

2023 Beaonica Snead Fields
 2022 Latricia "Vonnie" Stone
2020 Colonel Simona Black 
   2019 Keith E. Mathews            
                  2017 Christopher Lee Martin                
2016 George Sneed              

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