Remarks delivered by Ellen Stoesser Byrd in presenting Baylor Women's Council of Dallas 2006 Woman of Distinction Award on October 12, 2006:
The 2006 recipient of the Baylor University Women's Council of Dallas Woman of Distinction is Judy Wright Lott, Dean and professor of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing.
Dr. Lott has extensive experience in nursing practice, education and research. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valdosta State University, her Master's degree from Troy State University and doctorate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has held just about every neonatal nursing job in existence from staff nurse to flight nurse. She has held faculty positions at Albany State College, University of Florida and University of Cincinnati, but she considers Baylor University her home.
Dr. Lott is a nationally recognized expert in skin science and served on the Skin Science Project Team that oversaw a national research project on newborn skin care practices. She is an editor/author of several textbooks, journals, and articles. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nursing, and this summer was invited to participate in the Oxford Roundtable, focused on women's leadership at Oxford University in England. She presented a paper, "Mind the Gap" which gave a basic overview of the severe shortage of nurses and the problems it is creating on a global scale. She was selected as a fellow in the, Fuld Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In addition, she has served on the program service grant review committee of the March of Dimes of North Texas, as well as serving in other volunteer community or professional organizations.
Judy Lott leads the faculty, students, and staff of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing with directed Christian focus on servant leadership as they study, work, and learn. She has also strived for attaining excellence in nursing. Pass rates on the initial examination for licensure as Registered Nurse have excelled. Graduates of the Family Nurse and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programs are very successful on the national certification exams. Numbers of doctorally prepared faculty have increased, as well as faculty publication, professional presentations, and awards.
As Dean, Dr. Lott is committed to educate the whole person in body, mind, and spirit. And it is those women and men who are equipped by the central focus of Baylor University Christian education, who use their nursing practice as a ministry for Jesus Christ. As associate Dean, Dr. Martha Bradshaw concurs: The School of Nursing is fortunate to have a Dean who is devoted to Baylor University and seeks to maintain its heritage of Christian Service. As our Dean, Judy Lott encourages faculty in our faith-based mission as we prepare tomorrow's nurses.
The nursing school is named in tribute to Louise Herrington, the mother of Mrs. Lou Ornelas. Soon after Dr. Lott first came on board as Dean, she wanted to show her appreciation to Mrs. Ornelas, so she baked her a coconut cream pie from scratch, then drove all the way to Tyler to present it to her. Such attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile is typical of Judy's leadership.
Dr. Lott and her husband, Bill, live in Waxahachie where they are active members of Park Meadow Baptist Church. They have one daughter, Stephanie Tam Lott and one son, the late Kendall Blake Lott. Dr. Lott cares for family, friends, peers, patients and, as we recognize today, her calling to the nursing profession.
It is my great honor to present you our 2006 Woman of Distinction, Dr. Judy Lott.