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Lisa Satterfield selected to lead South College Asheville

Knoxville-based South College recently named Dr. Lisa Satterfield president of its campus in Asheville. Satterfield, who most recently served as vice president of academic affairs at the Knoxville campus, has been with South College for nearly 15 years.

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Dr. Lisa Satterfield was recently named president of South College's Asheville campus - Image courtesy of South College

“Lisa Satterfield is the perfect choice to lead our Asheville campus,” said Steve South, president and founder of South College. “Lisa’s extensive understanding of South College’s mission and progressive vision will propel Asheville to new academic heights and increase awareness of what we can offer to the community in Western North Carolina.”

Satterfield also served in Knoxville as director of institutional effectiveness; director of academic support; department chair of imaging sciences; and program director of radiography and nuclear medicine programs.

Satterfield has an extensive background in health care, including experience as a radiologic technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, operations manager and medical imaging department director. She has earned four degrees: Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration; Master of Arts in adult education; Bachelor of Science in organizational management; and Associate of Applied Science in radiography.

“My career has always been focused on promoting the well-being of others,” Satterfield said. “That is what I enjoyed about working in health care 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.

“I envision South College in Asheville being a key leader in higher education providing high-quality undergraduate educational opportunities and associated student support services for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student body.”

Satterfield started her new role on May 1.

“With the everchanging landscape of higher education, we are challenged to be creative and innovative in the development and delivery of higher learning,” Satterfield said. “As leaders, we must be catalysts of change that foster student achievement and preparation for the workforce.”

South College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Located just south of Interstate 40 at 140 Sweeten Creek Road, the Asheville campus offers certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, diagnostic medical sonography, engineering technology, health science, legal/paralegal, medical assisting, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, radiography and surgical technology.

For more information about South College in Asheville, call 828-398-2500 or visit

Published June 18, 2018

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