Dr. Alysson Satterlund serves as the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs at UC San Diego where her responsibilities include the development, management, assessment and improvement of services that meet and support the needs of over 38,000 students. She supports UC San Diego’s vision of being a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university by overseeing a wide range of student services and programs ranging from student retention and success to Athletics. Dr. Satterlund has served in a number of student affairs leadership roles in both public and private higher education environments spanning a twenty-year period. Prior to her tenure at UC San Diego, Dr. Satterlund held the position of Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at California State University, San Bernardino. At CSU San Bernardino, Dr. Satterlund provided leadership in the administration of a range of policies and services across two campuses (San Bernardino and Palm Desert). A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Satterlund is deeply committed to and has led strategic campus-wide initiatives related to diversity and inclusion and student retention and success. Dr. Satterlund earned a Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at California State University, Chico.

Why I Joined SDPF

I said yes because safe and engaging opportunities for play and recreation create community-building and enhance physical and mental well-being. All people should have access to such experiences but especially children. When Ann asked me to help with this effort, as a mom and educator, it was a no-brainer. I also appreciate that the mission is focused on communities where play and recreation spaces are not as available as they can and should be--I also wanted to connect UC San Diego to this mission and vision.