Barbara Brothers, born in Youngstown (1937), graduated from Austintown Fitch High School (1955), Youngstown University (B.A., 1958), Western Reserve University (M.A., 1962) and Kent State University (Ph.D., 1973). She began teaching at Youngstown University in 1960 and joined the full-service faculty in 1967. She served as chairperson of the English Department (1974-1993), Acting Graduate Dean and Dean of the College of Arts and Science (1993-2001) and received a 2015 YSU Heritage Award.
Community values have informed her professional career and her volunteer service. She was named a 1975 Outstanding Educator of America “in recognition of contributions to the advancement of higher education and service to community.” As Dean of Arts and Sciences she secured numerous grants, including a $2.5 million Teacher Enhancement Preparation Grant. At the state and national levels, she provided leadership to the College English Association of Ohio, the Ohio Humanities Council, the national College English Association, the Association of Departments of English, the Modern Language Association, the State Library Board, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Brothers has served the community through participation and leadership in numerous organizations—the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown, YWCA Capital Campaign, Youngstown Symphony Board, Park Vista Board, Youngstown Chapter of AAUW, Academic Distress Commission, and the Citizens’ League of Greater Youngstown. She and her deceased husband Lawrence Haims have made substantial gifts to the capital campaigns of Fellows Gardens, Powers Auditorium, Butler Museum of American Art, SMARTS, the Youngstown State University Foundation, YWCA, and Stambaugh Auditorium Facilities Renovation.
Currently she serves on the boards of the YWCA of Mahoning Valley, the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown, AAUW Youngstown, WYSU-FM, Youngstown Rotary, and the Stambaugh Auditorium Development Committee. She is also a volunteer with the Senior Support Action Group and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.
The mother of two children, Mark and Jill Brothers, and two stepchildren, Emily Ludwig and Marla Haims Cohen, and has 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.