Olivet will complete the term of Caroline Powell, who died this winter.
Olivet has served in numerous capacities at The University of Alabama, including director of graduate studies and assistant dean at the Capstone College of Nursing. Now professor emeritus, she was named to the UA Nursing Hall of Fame in 2003.
“The board is pleased that Linda Olivet has agreed to join us as a board member,” DCH Board Chairman Joseph A. Colquitt said. “She has had a splendid professional career in health care, for which she had garnered many accolades and honors. She has a long history of selfless volunteer service to many organizations in West Alabama.”
Olivet taught at the UA School of Nursing at University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Hawaii and the College of St. Teresa in Rochester, Minn., according to her biography for the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. She was a forerunner in death education in the Southeast and is certified in death education.
She graduated with a BSN as the outstanding graduating senior from UA, and she received her MSN and DSN from UAB. Olivet received many honors during her three decades in nursing, including the 1995 Alabama Professor of the Year by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the UA National Alumni Association Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, the Outstanding Service to Nursing Education Award by the Alabama Affiliate of the American Heart Association and the Outstanding Service to Hospice of West Alabama Award.
Olivet’s husband, Dr. Ronald T. “Terry” Olivet, a retired cardiovascular surgeon, served on the DCH board from 1989 to 1995.
The DCH board consists of nine members, two of whom are appointed by the Tuscaloosa City Council, two by the Tuscaloosa County Commission, one by the Northport City Council, two by the medical staff and two by the board. Olivet was appointed by the board, completing the term of Caroline Powell, who died this winter.