Who's Who of Top Executives

Barbara Hailes Harris, PhD

Barbara Harris

Title: President, Chief Executive Officer
Company: Academic Tutorial Outreach Services, Inc.
Location: Hampton, Virginia, United States

Barbara Hailes Harris, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Academic Tutorial Outreach Services, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

During the later portion of her career, Dr. Harris was inspired to establish Academic Tutorial Outreach Services Inc. while visiting the country of Ghana in West Africa. During this time, she was introduced to many underprivileged students who were not able to pursue the same education as their older siblings. Thereafter, she decided to establish an education business that would provide children in her community with quality, accessible education. With a lifelong passion for learning, she initially obtained a Bachelor of Science from Shaw University and a Master of Science in education and supervision from Old Dominion University. She completed her education in 1995, at which time she earned a PhD in Christian education from Trinity College.

With more than six decades of expertise as an educator, Dr. Harris is gratified to have influenced countless generations of students from around the globe. For her contributions in the field, she is honored to have been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Tutoring Association in 2016. Furthermore, she is proud to have been recognized as an honoree by the International Women’s Review Board. Looking toward the future, she aims to continue to work with the city of Norfolk as they partner with additional cities in Ghana. Through her work with Ghana’s Destiny University, her goal is to author a book about her rendezvous in the country.

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