Mary Scott Hunter grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast. She graduated cum laude from The University of Alabama in 1995 and went on to 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 the Middle East. 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's husband, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Shultz, is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is now a traditional guardsman with the Alabama Air Guard where he flies F-16 fighter jets. Lt. Col. Shultz has been twice decorated with the Bronze Star for combat service. Jon is an inventor with patented mechanical science and is a Principal Engineer on contract with NASA.
Jon and Mary Scott jointly own a small technology company, Torel Technology, LLC. They have three children, two boys and a girl, ages 9, 6, and 5. The family attends Trinity United Methodist Church where Mary Scott teaches adult Sunday School and serves in Leadership. Jon is a musician.
Mary Scott and Jon brought their family back to Alabama in 2006 after serving out their last active duty Air Force assignment in Germany. Mary Scott was in the private practice of law for six years and in 2012 joined the Executive Team of Intuitive Research and Technology where she advises and leads the company’s business interests in Compliance, Ethics and Risk. In November 2009, Mary Scott announced her candidacy for the Alabama State Board of Education, District 8, and in November 2010 she was elected to the position.
Mary Scott’s parents are Scott Hunter, former University of Alabama and NFL championship quarterback, and mother, Deborah Hunter of Daphne. Mary Scott is a proud product of Alabama public schools. She has a vested interest in the strength of our education system with her children in public elementary school. Mary Scott has served on various boards including the Board of Directors of the Alabama Association of School Boards. She has been described as a “servant leader.” Her core values are Integrity, Service, and Excellence. She holds a love of the arts, especially literature. Mary Scott speaks German.
Mary Scott’s focus areas on the Alabama State Board of Education have been Workforce Development, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and Career Technical Education. Attracting and retaining good jobs and raising the net worth of Alabama households through quality public education are always at the forefront of her efforts. She works closely with Chambers of Commerce, Economic Developers, and other Business and Industry Stakeholders to maintain focus on Alabama’s prosperity.
“Quality education is the precursor to good jobs in Alabama!”
Mary Scott Hunter