L. Satcher, Sr., Ph. D.
Robert L. Satcher, Sr. was named the ninth president of
Saint Paul’s College on March 18, 2007. Previously he served as Interim
President, Professor of Chemistry, and also taught Physics and Physical
Science courses at Saint Paul’s. He formerly served in the positions of
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Acting President at
Saint Paul’s College.
Dr. Satcher is a native of Anniston, Alabama and an honor graduate of
Alabama State University; he received the Master’s degree from Arizona
State University and the Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University. The
results of his dissertation research on the Radiation and Photochemistry
of Thymine (a DNA molecule) was presented at the International
Conference on Photobiology, Bochum, Germany. He completed further study
and research projects at the Universities of Missouri; Oklahoma; Tufts
and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his
teaching assignment at Saint Paul’s, he is the Director of the Frances
Emily Hunt Trust Summer Science and Mathematics Institute, and the
Johnson-Johnson Foundation Saturday Science Academy.
He came to Saint Paul’s from Fisk University, Nashville, TN, where he
served six years as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and
one year as Interim President. He previously held teaching and
administrative positions at Hampton University, where he successfully
directed the Institutional Nontraditional Self-Study for Reaffirmation
of Accreditation. He also served as Executive Vice President and
Academic Dean at Voorhees College. He completed a “tour of duty” for the
U.S. Agency for International Development in the Country of Uganda, East
Africa, where he received outstanding ratings as a Science Adviser for
the development of Experimental Science in Uganda, and as a Chemistry
Professor in one of the colleges. He has served as a consultant on
long-range planning, management and evaluation for the U. S. Department
of Education, and for the Commission on Colleges, SACS.
Dr. Satcher has been the recipient of numerous honors; among them,
graduate fellowships and stipends from the Ford Foundation, U.S. Atomic
Energy Commission and the National Science Foundation; and he was a
Rockefeller Foundation sponsored Fellow of the American Council on
Education. He received the “Silver Beaver” award for Outstanding
Leadership from Boy Scouts of America.
Among his organizational affiliations are the following: National
Institute of Science; Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Scientific Society;
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society; and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He
serves as Advisor to the Student Chapter of the NAACP; and to the Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity. He is also Advisor and Superintendent of the Saint
Paul’s Memorial Chapel Sunday School Program. He serves as a member of
the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. He
completed a 4-year Governor’s appointment on the State of Virginia
Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Control Board. He currently serves
as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Community Memorial Health
Center, South Hill, VA, a member of the Industrial Development Authority
for Brunswick County, VA and a member of the Board of Directors of the
Brunswick County Federal Teachers Credit Union.
Dr. Satcher was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement,
including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma Voters March; he was
a freshman at Alabama State University when the Bus Boycott began. His
essay entitled, “Reflections on the Montgomery Bus Boycott” is one of
the recommended essays on the Civil Rights Movement.
He is married to the former Miss Marian Hanna, a former high school
teacher of Business Education and English. She also taught in the
International School of Tororo, Uganda. They first met when he was a
senior and she was a freshman at Alabama State University. They have
four children; two of them Physicians; one an Entertainment Manager, and
one is a Chemist and currently a graduate student at Howard University.
Their oldest son, a physician is also one of NASA’s current Astronauts.
Further, Dr. Satcher is a brother of Dr. David Satcher, Former Surgeon
General of the United States, and currently an Adviser to the United
Nations World Health Organization.