Susan Guess, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Paducah Bank, was elected vice chair of the Murray State University Board of Regents yesterday.
Guess is a 1987 graduate of MSU where she earned a bachelor of science degree in public relations. She also earned a master of public administration at the University of Louisville.
She and her 13 year-old daughter Morgan are the co-founders of the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation. After lobbying the governor to appoint a statewide task force on the issue, both Guesses were appointed to the Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force. They lobbied for a bill to define bullying in Kentucky. That bill became law in April and will impact all 1,233 public schools and 630,000 Kentucky students.
Susan was the second woman to chair the Paducah Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and only the second person to chair twice. She also chaired the Lourdes Hospital Foundation board for six years.
She was named Kentucky’s top volunteer two times. The first time in 1998 after she chaired a campaign to build a $100,000 memorial garden at Heath High School following the school shooting and again last year for her anti-bullying efforts throughout the state. She was awarded the Kentucky Justice Association Consumer Safety Award last year. She also won a national HUD community service award after starting Girl Scout troops in Paducah’s public housing.
She contributed to the Applied Public Relations college textbook (authored by MSU professor Marcie Hinton). She has won nearly 20 Telly Awards for her bank television commercials and has been recognized nationally for her bank social media efforts.