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Satterwhite joins SPC as new vice president of academic affairs
LEVELLAND – Robin Satterwhite, Ed.D., former academic dean for the School of Allied Health Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, has been appointed vice president for academic affairs at South Plains College.
Satterwhite, who joined SPC July 1, succeeds Jim Walker who retired from SPC after 22 years of service to the college.
“Dr. Satterwhite is a great addition to the SPC family,” said Dr. Kelvin Sharp, President of South Plains College. “He brings valuable experience which includes being a student at SPC and also working for our major transfer institution Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. We are looking forward to working with him to advance educational programs at SPC.”
Named a Distinguished Alumnus of the college in 2013, Satterwhite said the culture of student success, student friendliness and academic excellence were very important in his decision to come to South Plains College.
“I am delighted to be part of such an outstanding organization with such excellent leadership,” he said. “I am excited about becoming part of the rich tradition of excellence that South Plains College has developed over the years. I am particularly excited about working with the excellent faculty, staff, leadership and Board of Regents at SPC. It is evident that they all have a unified focus on excellence.
“Having been an alumnus of the college, I knew the outstanding history of the college,” he said. “The administration is very supportive of the faculty and staff, and SPC is a very attractive organization to be part of.
A native of Ropesville, Satterwhite received his associate of science degree from SPC in May 1990. He transferred to Texas Tech University where he earned a bachelor of business administration in management information systems in August 1992. He completed a master of business administration degree in management with an emphasis in health organization management in May 1997 and a doctor of education in higher education administration in August 2004, also from Texas Tech.
He has worked the past three years as academic dean and professor of the School of Allied Health Sciences at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In this role, he provided administrative leadership for 18 difference academic programs within the school.
Prior to this position, Satterwhite served seven years as the founding chairperson of the Department of Clinic Administration and Rehabilitation Counseling at TTU Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. In this department, he helped develop and implement three online academic degree programs utilizing the best practices in distance education. The program now consists of 17 faculty and staff and three program directors that serve 315 students.
From 1999 to 2005, Satterwhite served as the regional dean for the School of Allied Health Sciences Permian Basin and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences for the TTU Health Sciences Center in Odessa.
Satterwhite also brings with him experience in hospital administration. He began his career as a management information systems coordinator for W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital and Cogdell Clinic in Lockney. Two years later, he was named administrator and chief executive officer where he was responsible for all operations of the 27-bed acute care hospital and outpatient clinic. In 1998, he was hired as the chief executive officer for Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. Satterwhite was responsible for the operations of a 44-bed acute care hospital and outpatient clinic.
As for his first concerns, Satterwhite said, “I think we need to continue to focus on ways to increase enrollment at SPC. This includes all areas of our student population including dual credit and our traditional students.
“I have a strong background in higher education, but I look forward to experiencing more within community colleges,” Satterwhite said. “I believe community colleges will become an even more integral part of the overall delivery of higher education, and I hope this trend will continue.
“I look forward to building upon the tradition of excellence that South Plains College has so effectively developed over the years,” he said. “I believe I can draw upon my years of experience in higher education and business to help grow the college.”
Satterwhite is the recipient of the Distinguished Former Odessan Award. He has served on several professional and civic organizations including past-president for the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions, vice president of the finance and governance for the Shallowater Education Foundation from 2011 to present, and the American College of Healthcare Executives, Fellow, 1997 to present. He is a current member of Alpha Eta Society – National Honor Society for Allied Health since 2007.
Satterwhite and his wife, Lori, are the parents of three daughters, Sheree, Meredith and Hallie.