AS magna cum laude, Calhoun Community College, 1975. Bachelor of Science in Education magna cum laude, Athens State College, 1977. Master of Arts in Counseling magna cum laude, University Alabama, Birmingham, 1979.
Doctor of Philosophy in Administration Higher Education, University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1984.
A resident of Rogersville, Parker was elected Alabama State Auditor in 1998 and served until 2002. Susan Parker has had the following professional experience: President, Parker Plus Consulting, 1996-1998 Chief Development Officer/Assistant to the President, Athens State College, 1988-1996 Administrator, Calhoun Community College, 1972-1988 In 2002 Parker was the first woman in Alabama to be nominated for a Senate seat when she defeated Julian L. McPhillips. She lost the general election to incumbent Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, winning 40% of votes against Sessions" 59%.
Parker did not seek reelection as State Auditor in 2002, and was succeeded in office by Republican Beth Chapman.
Four years later, she defeated former state Representative Perry O. Hooper, Junior., of Montgomery for the Place 2 position on the Alabama Public Service Commission. Though Hooper had defeated former state Senator John Amari of Trussville in the Republican primary, he lost to Parker in the general election.
Parker had been mentioned as a possible candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama in the 2010 election, but declined and instead lost her reelection bid for the Public Service Commission to Republican Terry L. Dunn. Political experience Susan Parker has had the following political experience: Auditor, State of Alabama, 1998-2002 Candidate, United States Senate, 2002 Public Service Commissioner, State of Alabama, 2006-2010 Candidate, Alabama State Public Service Commissioner, 2010.
Past member numerous board directors nonprofit, charitable organizations, including Alabama board directors American Heart Association. Past president county chapters American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Leukemia Society, Boys and Girls Club, Chamber of Commerce leadership programs, Mental Health Association, United Way, Community Unity. Former Sunday school teacher 1st Baptist Church, Hartselle, Alabama.
Married Paul Parker.