U.S. Senate Candidate Susan Parker
JACKSONVILLE -- October 7, 2002 --
Democratic U. S. Senate candidate Dr. Susan Parker, a former college
administrator who will face incumbent Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions in the
November election, will visit JSU employees from 2 until 3 p.m. on
Wednesday, October 9 on the 11th Floor of Houston Cole Library.
The following biographical information was taken from her web site at http://www.parker2002.com/.
Susan Parker was born on a small farm in Eva, Alabama. She worked on the farm, picking and chopping cotton and hauling hay until the age of 16, when she became a file clerk at Calhoun Community College. For the next thirteen years, Susan attended classes at night and eventually earned four degrees, including a Ph.D. in Administration of Higher Education from the University of Alabama.
Susan later left Calhoun Community College and went to work for Athens State College, where she became Chief Development Officer and Assistant to the President for External Affairs. After 25 years in higher education, Susan retired to start her own business specializing in grant writing, board development training, and fundraising for non-profit organizations.
In 1985, the Business & Professional Women's Association named Susan Alabama's Most Outstanding Young Career Woman. In 1987, the U.S. Jaycees selected her as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. Most recently, she was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Athens Boys and Girls Clubs.
Susan has served on numerous boards of non-profit, charitable, and community organizations, including President of the Heart Association, Cancer Society, Leukemia Society, Boys and Girls Club, Chamber of Commerce Leadership Programs, Mental Health Association, and the United Way. In 1998, she was elected as Alabama's State Auditor, responsible for all property audit and inventory management. In the last two years, her office has increased audits of state agencies by 750 percent, resulting in decreased missing property and less waste.
In May of 2001, Susan became a candidate for the United States Senate. Susan wants to take her leadership skills and her ability to get things done to Washington to represent everyday Alabama families. Susan pledges to take the values her father taught her - faith in the goodness of God, determination, honesty, devotion, hard work, self-sacrifice, humility, and courage - and build consensus on tax cuts, healthcare, education, the environment, and Social Security reform.
Susan and Paul, her husband of twenty years, live in Montgomery and enjoy time at their cabin on the Elk River when possible.
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