Susan Potts McDonald was Coordinator of Arrangement and Description Services in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University for nineteen years until her retirement in February of 2014. Prior to coming to Emory, she worked at the Florida State Archives for thirteen years where she was Supervisor of the Arrangement and Description Unit. In addition, she was a co-instructor in the Archives Administration program at Florida State University for nearly ten years.
Susan is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and has served as Chair of the SAA Manuscript Repositories Section, member of the Technical Subcommittee on Archival Descriptive Standards, and a member of the Standards Committee. Susan and Pam Hackbart-Dean co-instruct SAA's Arrangement and Description of Manuscript Collections workshop. She has also served as President of both the Society of Georgia Archivists (2000) and the Society of Florida Archivists (1988-1990). She is currently serving on the Georgia Archives Institute Board of Directors and doing a bit of consulting.
She graduated from Florida State University with a MA in History in 1984 and a BA in Social Studies Education in 1978.