Dr. Billye J. Brown received her BSN from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, her MSN from St. Louis University, and her EdD from Baylor University. She was the first dean of the School and served from 1972 to 1989. Dean Brown oversaw the growth of the undergraduate and graduate programs, a budding nursing research program, and a continuing education program. Among her many accomplishments during her tenure as dean, she served as co-chair of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Project Advisory Committee, member of the STTI Biennium Development Committee and president of STTI, was assistant editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, and served as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Texas Nurse’s Association. In honor of her work to launch the nursing program at The University of Texas at Austin, she was recognized as the La Quinta Motor Inns, Inc. Centennial Professor in 1988. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1984 and was recognized by the Academy as a Living Legend in 2010.