by Sylvia Allen
LAWRENCEVILLE – On Wednesday, Nov. 2 Dr. Robert L. Satcher, Sr., announced plans to retire as President of Saint Paul’s College when his contract ends in March 2012. Upon Satcher’s recommendation, the Saint Paul College Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Eddie N. Moore, Jr., retired President of Virginia State University and a highly respected financial administrator, to the position of CEO and Interim President of Saint Paul’s College effective Nov. 10. Satcher will continue to serve as Executive Advisor until his retirement.
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve Saint Paul’s College. I am proud of the record of my administration and I want to ensure that there is sufficient time to provide for a smooth transition to new leadership upon my retirement. Also, by acting now I can devote myself to helping Dr. Moore as he leads the effort to reaffirm Saint Paul’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,” Satcher said.
Satcher has served as President since 2007. Previously he served as Interim President, Professor of Chemistry, and also taught physics and physical science courses at Saint Paul’s College. Satcher also served in the positions of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Saint Paul’s College.
Dr. Oliver Spencer, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, expressed his gratitude for President Satcher’s faithful leadership at the college and said the Trustees voted unanimously to bestow upon Satcher the title of President Emeritus, an honor that will be granted to Satcher during Commencement in May 2012.
Spencer is also pleased Moore will be able to assist Saint Paul’s College in meeting short term and long term challenges.
“Dr. Moore is known for his exceptional financial management skills as well as his leadership in the community. Saint Paul’s is fortunate to have Dr. Moore assume the helm of the school as the Board begins its search for the 10th President of Saint Paul’s College,” Spencer said.
According to information provided by the college, Moore, who currently serves on the board of directors for Owens & Minor and board of directors for the Universal Corporation, has been serving as pro bono advisor to Saint Paul’s College in its efforts to prepare for its reaffirmation of accreditation. During his 17 years as President of Virginia State University, Moore transformed VSU from a financially plagued institution with largely undergraduate offerings into a financially sound university providing high quality undergraduate and graduate programs including its first doctorate program.