Sue was born in New Jersey, but actually grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Science Education and a Masters of Health Administration at Duke. While in graduate school, Sue was a Resident Advisor in Aycock and Hanes House. She worked in the Medical Center for 18 months and then, in 1979, joined the Student Affairs staff. Sue completed her J.D. at NCCU and her L.L.M. at Duke in 1993 and her 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1994, Sue joined the law firm of Maxwell, Freeman and Bowman in Durham where she practiced law for nine months. Although practicing law was challenging and interesting, Sue found that she truly missed working with students. Sue returned to Student Affairs in 1995 and has continued to thoroughly enjoy her life here.