Education and Military Service
Mary Scott Hunter grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast. She graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1995 (Majoring in Humanities and Minoring in German) and then attended The University of Alabama School of Law. After graduating from law school in 1998, Mary Scott was commissioned as a United States Air Force Lieutenant. She served ten years as an Air Force Judge Advocate General. As a military attorney she first served in the active duty Air Force, then in the Reserves, and finally in the Alabama Air National Guard - attaining the rank of Major. Her assignments included two overseas tours to Korea and Germany and a wartime deployment to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait in 2001. Her military awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, and a Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. Mary Scott is a proud product of Alabama public school – graduating from Fairhope High School in 1991. Mary Scott is currently earning her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Alabama (May 2017 graduation).
Profession and Elected Office
Mary Scott’s military service included stints as a prosecutor, a civil law attorney, and a medical law consultant. Mary Scott and her husband, Jon, brought their family back to Alabama in 2006 after serving out their last active duty Air Force assignment in Germany. Jon and Mary Scott jointly own a small technology company, Torel Technology, LLC (www.torel-tech.com). Jon serves as the president of the company. Mary Scott joined Intuitive Research and Technology Company (www.irtc-hq.com) in 2012 where she advises and leads the company’s business interests in Compliance, Ethics, and Risk. Mary Scott was elected to the Alabama State Board of Education in 2010 and reelected in 2014.
Leadership, Awards, Philanthropy
Mary Scott is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Huntsville/ Madison County and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Alabama. She has served or is serving on various Boards including: Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees (2011 to Present, currently as the ex officio member), Board of Directors of the Alabama Association of School Boards (2011), National Association of School Boards (2011), Athens State University Board of Trustee (2012-2015), US Space and Rocket Center Education Committee (2012 to Present), Association for Corporate Counsel – Alabama Chapter Board of Directors (2015 to present), and The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama (2014 to Present). She has been recognized and awarded honors for her leadership, her economic and workforce development efforts, and for her community service activities. Mary Scott and Jon believe in giving back, and their church and philanthropic support goes to: Trinity United Methodist Church, the March of Dimes, Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund, Chooselife of North Alabama, Holy Spirit Haiti Missions, Farrah Law Society, The Land Trust of North Alabama, and The Schools Foundation.
Mary Scott's husband, Lieutenant Colonel(r) Jon Shultz, is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a former F16 fighter pilot. Lt Col Shultz has been twice decorated with the Bronze Star. The couple have three school aged children who attend public school. The family attends Trinity United Methodist Church where Mary Scott teaches adult Sunday school. Jon is a musician. Mary Scott’s parents are Scott Hunter, former University of Alabama and NFL championship quarterback, and Deborah Hunter of Daphne, Alabama.
Philosophy and Focus
Mary Scott is often described as a “servant leader” who values teamwork. Her core values are: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all she does. Some of Mary Scott’s political focus areas have been Workforce Development, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), Career Technical Education, and closing Alabama’s School-to-Prison pipeline. She is a gifted speaker and often says that education leads to a good job, and a good job leads to many of the outcomes we care about – home ownership, health insurance coverage, lower divorce rates, less crime, etc. She works closely with all levels of Government, Educators and Instructional Leaders, local Boards of Education and Superintendents, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Developers, and other Business and Industry Stakeholders to maintain focus on Alabama’s prosperity.