Susan Faires Dacus was raised in Commerce, Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and English from Texas A&M University-Commerce, then East Texas State University. She is also attended Southern Methodist University and earned a Master of Arts in English Literature. As a supporter of A&M-Commerce, she currently serves as an Alumni Association board member; on the Leadership Council of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts; and the Personnel Advisor, Sigma Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity. Susan spent 37 years working in the Texas public schools system watching the miracle of education change the lives of students and often families. She spent three years in the classroom and the rest of her career in the administration of educational communications/media for three Dallas area school systems: Wylie, Richardson and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISDs. She was responsible for strategic communications planning and areas such as crisis communications, media relations, social media, district publications and interaction with the community. Susan has written numerous articles regarding education issues that have been published in magazines, newspapers and journals.
Her various professional associations include the presidency of the Texas School Public Relations Association and the opportunity to speak and present at state and national conferences. Her involvement with the community has encompassed a range of interests such as the executive board of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, board member of the Commerce Public Schools Educational Foundation and board member of the Innovators of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She currently lives in Plano.