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York College Names Rick Satterlee, Ph.D., First Dean of Student Development and Campus Life

April 06, 2021
A headshot of the First Dean of Student Development and Campus Life, Rick Satterlee

Rick Satterlee, Ph.D., has been named York College’s first Dean of Student Development and Campus Life, effective July 1, 2021. He will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet. 

“We are very excited to announce that Dr. Rick Satterlee has been appointed as our newest member of the President’s leadership team and our new chief Student Affairs officer,” said Provost Laura Niesen de Abruña. “Rick has a very strong background in both student life and student success, which will allow him to become the perfect bridge between Student Life and Academic Affairs. The Deans and I look forward to welcoming him to Deans’ Council as a new member of our team.”

For the past 11 years, Satterlee has served as vice president for student life at Manhattan College, where he is responsible for Division I athletics, campus ministry and social action, career development, public safety, counseling and health services, multicultural programming and diversity, student activities, orientation, residence life, and the office of the dean of students. Early in his time at Manhattan, he played a major role in designing what has become the successful living-learning community called The Arches.

Prior to his appointment at Manhattan, Satterlee held progressive positions of leadership in student affairs at Loyola University Maryland. As assistant vice president of student development, he was responsible for integrated learning communities and first-year programs, and he oversaw the areas of student activities, recreational sports, and academic advising for student-athletes.

Satterlee is active professionally with both the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Educational Advisory Board’s Student Affairs Forum. He is a graduate of both NASPA’s Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Institute and its New Senior Student Affairs Officer Institute. He also served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities and oversaw its annual mission integration awards.

Satterlee holds a doctorate in education policy, planning and administration from the University of Maryland; an M.Ed. in college student services administration from Oregon State University; and a bachelor’s degree in English from Occidental College.