Bonner is Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Alabama after having serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since March 2003. Dr. Bonner holds two degrees from The University of Alabama – a B.S. in Nutrition and a M.S. in Food and Nutrition, and a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from The Ohio State University. She served as Dean of the College of Human Environmental Studies at The University of Alabama since 1989 and, prior to that, Special Assistant to the President, Assistant Academic Vice President, and Head of the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management. She has held faculty positions at The University of Alabama in Birmingham and The Ohio State University. Dr. Bonner is an active member of civic, scientific and professional organizations and is the author of numerous books and articles.