Suzy Summers

Suzy Summers

James C. Self Professor of Business Administration

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Professor Summers graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of South Carolina in 1983 with a B.S. degree in accounting. She worked for several years as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Greenville, SC and in Winston-Salem, NC. Professor Summers left public accounting to become the Accounting Manager of Specialty Retail Concepts, Inc., a publicly traded franchiser of specialty food concepts. In 1987, she began graduate school at The University of Georgia, earning first a Masters of Accountancy degree with a federal tax specialization, and then a Ph.D. with an accounting major and organizational behavior minor.

Professor Summers began teaching at Furman in 1999. She served as Interim Dean of Faculty from August 1, 2019 until April 30, 2020. She has also served as the Chair of the Furman Faculty from 2009-2011 and has been the Business and Accounting Department Chair since 2011. She teaches courses in Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting and Federal Income Taxation. Her scholarly work includes publications in education and business journals and she is active in professional organizations at both the local and national levels.

Professor Summers enjoys spending time reading, hiking and traveling. She is the mother of two sons, twenty-three-year-old Drew and nineteen-year-old Chris.


  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia
  • MAcc., The University of Georgia
  • B.S., The University of South Carolina


I believe that a teacher's passion and enthusiasm is critical in sparking a student's desire to learn. My mission in the classroom is to engage students in the learning process so that they discover the relevance of the subject matter in their personal and professional lives. My goal is that they not leave the world of learning at the gates of the university, but leave the university with the confidence that they are great learners and are just beginning the journey.