Barbara McDaniel-Suggs graduated with honors from Jackson State University in 1971 with a major in Speech Education and a minor in English. In 1973, she graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Science from Western Michigan University. She continued her studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she graduated in 1984 earning the Ph.D. in Communications with an emphasis in Higher Administration. She has taught English and speech at Gentry High School and in the Atlanta Public School System. Barbara has worked in higher education at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan; University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and presently serves as Chairperson and Associate Professor of Speech at her alma mater, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, a position she has held since 1986. Barbara's honors include Who's Who Among Outstanding Young Women of America; Leadership Award from the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art; Jackson State University Outstanding Faculty Member Award sponsored by the Mississippi Legislature; and Who's Who Among Outstanding Women in Education. Professional affiliations for Barbara include the Mississippi Speech Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Jackson State University's One Thousand Dollar Club, Jackson State University's Second Century Club, and the Mississippi International Ballet, Inc.