2015 Distinguished Pharmacy Alumni Awardee
Barbara E. Hayes
Texas Southern University
“My Purdue Pharmacy education was unparalleled because it provided access and opportunity to pursue graduate studies and helped shape my view of how progressive education and leadership can transform lives. What I cherish most about Purdue is the mentorship, sense of community, and sustained interest in my development through my doctoral training and all through my academic career.”
- BS, Pharmacy, Texas Southern University, 1975
- MS, Pharmacology, Purdue University, 1977
- PhD, Pharmacology, University of Houston, 1984
- Established MS/PhD program in pharmaceutical sciences and graduates are entering careers at the FDA and in pharmaceutical industry
- Directed and secured over $11 million in NIH funding to enhance biomedical research at Texas Southern University
- Elected to serve as Chair of the Council of Deans for AACP
- Appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee and Technical Review Board to the NIH
- Recruited and helped develop a cadre of new faculty for future leadership roles in teaching and research
Barbara Hayes is a professor emeritus at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. She began her academic career at TSU as an assistant professor of pharmacology. She received a BS degree in pharmacy from TSU, the MS degree in pharmacology from Purdue University, and the PhD degree in pharmacology from the University of Houston. Over a span of 30 years, she served in various leadership capacities including Dean of the TSU College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) from 2000-2011. During her tenure as dean, TSU, through the COPHS, became a member institution of the Texas Medical Center; graduate degree programs in Health Care Administration and Pharmaceutical Sciences were established; and major construction projects were completed to expand the college’s teaching and learning infrastructure and enhance TSU’s faculty biomedical research capacity and competitiveness.
Barbara served as the principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported minority health and health disparities related grants totaling over $11 million and served on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Generic Drugs Advisory Committee, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council, and National Center for Research Resources Scientific and Technical Review Board for the Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities Improvement Program. She also served as Chair of the Council of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
Throughout her career, she advocated for increased representation of underrepresented minorities in health professions education and training, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools. She has several publications related to biochemical and molecular mechanisms involved in inflammatory and vascular proliferative disease processes.
Barbara, a registered pharmacist for 40 years, is a native of Houston, Texas, and is married to Robert L. Hayes, a retired professional engineer.