Nursing Associate Emerita
BILLYE J. BROWN, RN, EDD, FAAN
“BILLYE BROWN, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR FOUNDER, MARY ANN TUFT, SET THE STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR OUR NURSING AND HEALTHCARE SEARCHES. CLIENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE CAN CONTINUE TO COUNT ON OUR EXPERTISE AND COMMITMENT TO IDENTIFY PREMIER NURSING CANDIDATES.”
Internationally recognized as a leader in education and administration, Dr. Billye J. Brown has been at the forefront of nursing for more than 40 years through her achievements as both dean and professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and as president of nursing’s most distinguished professional organizations.
In 2013, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, awarded Billye its prestigious President’s Award to honor her lifetime contributions to the nursing profession, including her support of original research in the 1980s that led to the establishment of ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program.
During her years at The University of Texas at Austin, Billye was dean and professor of the School of Nursing for 17 years and earlier served in assistant and associate dean posts. Billye’s visionary approach to teaching and administration led to her appointment as the LaQuinta Motor Inns Centennial Professor in 1983 and her induction into the Hall of Fame at the University of Texas’ School of Nursing at Galveston in 1992.
Billye was named dean emerita of The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 2016.
At the national and international level, Billye is widely respected for her service as past president of both the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). As chairman of the fundraising task force for STTI, Billye led a successful multi-year campaign that produced more than $7 million in planned gifts. She was honored by the AACN with the Sister Bernadette Armiger Award.
HONORS & RECOGNITION
Her numerous professional awards and honors include being named Nurse of the Year by the Texas Nurses’ Association; her selection as one of the Most Influential Women in Education by the Austin American Statesman; and resolutions passed by the State of Texas Senate and House of Representatives acknowledging her contributions to nursing.
In 1999, STTI selected Billye for the Mary Tolle Wright Award for Excellence in Leadership and announced the formation of the Billye Brown Society to pay homage to her dedication to planned giving efforts that contribute to the advancement of scholarly nursing. She was recognized with the Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award at the 2007 STTI Biennial Convention. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1984. Billye was recognized as the 2010 American Academy of Nursing Living Legend, and in 2011 she was selected to receive the prestigious National League for Nursing President’s Award for an Enduring Legacy in Nursing Education.
Billye graduated from nursing school at Arkansas Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and received a bachelor’s degree in nursing education from the University of Texas’ Medical Branch School of Nursing at Galveston, Texas. She earned her master’s degree in nursing education from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Education degree from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.