South Plains College Regents named an alumnus, Dr. Robin Satterwhite, their next president after an executive session Friday morning.
Coming out of an hour and 15 minute executive session, regents first accepted Dr. Kelvin Sharp’s letter of retirement and then voted unanimously to name Dr. Satterwhite the President-Elect.
Satterwhite will become the college’s fifth president in its 59-year-history and the first to be an SPC alumnus as well as the first to have been raised in Hockley County. He is a native of Ropesville.
Sharp’s retirement is effective June 30 and Satterwhite takes over on July 1st.
In the meantime, the two men will work together to insure a smooth transition. Sharp has been named President of New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, NM and assumes duties there on July 1st.
Sharp is leaving SPC after 17 years as an administrator, including nearly 12 as president. He join the college in July 1999 as Dean of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to Vice-President of Academic Affairs in January, 2000 and named President of the college in November, 2004.
Satterwhite joined the SPC administrative staff as Vice-President of Academic Affairs in July 2015 after spending 16 years with the Texas Tech Health Services Center, School of Allied Health Sciences.
While expressing regret over Sharp’s departure, regents expressed confidence in Satterwhite’s abilities.
Mike Box, Chairman of the board, announced that the salary and benefits for the new president are still to be negotiated.
Box read Sharp’s letter of retirement to the board; it was accepted. The end of March, the NMJC board announced that they had hired Sharp and hosted a reception to introduce him to the faculty and community.
Satterwhite told the board he is delighted and honored to be considered for this outstanding opportunity.
Sharp said he is proud of the success he has had at SPC but feels he is leaving the college in great hands.
Satterwhite said he would have liked to have served longer under Sharp but is eager for the new challenge, knowing the college is in good shape. “The beauty is I have his cell phone!”
“I foresaw this as something that might happen in the distant future. I never imagined that this would happen so quickly,” he added.
“It has been a privilege to work with Dr. Sharp,” he said, thanking him for his support, mentorship and guidance.
Satterwhite and his family live in Shallowater but will be moving to Levelland in the future. His wife, Lori, is a high school English teacher in the Shallowater School District.
Their oldest daughter, Sheree, 18, is a freshman at South Plains College. Their middle daughter, Meredith, 17, is a junior at Shallowater High School and their youngest daughter, Hallie, 15, is a freshman.