We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of the new Asheville Campus President, Dr. Lisa Satterfield.
Dr. Satterfield started her career journey earning a wide range of degrees: an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography from Roane State Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and a Master of Arts in Adult Education from Tusculum College, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. When she was studying, her favorite subject in undergraduate studies was Radiography/Nuclear Medicine, and her favorite subject in graduate studies was Higher Education Leadership – a perfect fit for the new Campus President at South College Asheville!
She gained professional experience serving in many various healthcare roles, including radiologic technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, operations manager, and medical imaging department director. In addition, Dr. Satterfield has been with the Knoxville, Tennessee campus of South College for nearly 15 years in an incredibly wide variety of roles, including Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Director of Academic Support, Department Chair of Imaging Sciences, and Program Director of Radiography and Nuclear Medicine programs.
Dr. Satterfield is eager to immerse herself in the Asheville community and become part of the academic team at South College. She will start her new role as president on May 1.
To get to know her a little better, we asked Dr. Satterfield some questions about her career and her plans as the Campus President of South College Asheville. We are excited to see her education, experience, and passion at work.
What are you most passionate about in your career?
“My career has always been focused on promoting the well-being of others. That is what I enjoyed about working in healthcare, and that is what I am most passionate about in higher education. I recognize the positive influences that higher education has made in my life and strive to offer those same opportunities to others.”
What do you consider the biggest challenge in this position?
“With the ever-changing landscape of higher education, we are challenged to be creative and innovative in the development and delivery of higher learning. As leaders, we must be catalysts of change that foster student achievement and preparation for the workforce.
In addition, we must shift the paradigm of competition between institutions of higher learning to one of collaboration and collegiality through partnerships that promote the mobility and continuity of the education of our students.”
What are you most excited about in this position?
“I am excited to become an active citizen in the Asheville community and a part of the great team of students, faculty, and staff of South College Asheville. I look forward to the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us.”
What is your vision for South College Asheville?
“In support of the South College Mission, I envision South College in Asheville being a key leader in higher education providing quality undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities and associated student support services for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student body. South College is committed to offering professional and career-focused curricula designed to cultivate students’ successful learning and ability to apply knowledge, think critically, and communicate effectively. Because academic programs are professional and career-focused, South College responds to local, regional, and national employment needs and supports current workforce trends.”