Former U.S. Surgeon General to deliver Realizing the Dream Lecture at Stillman College

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Stillman College will host Dr. David Satcher, former United States Surgeon General, as the fall 2022 Realizing the Dream Distinguished Lecturer on Oct. 4.

The lecture is scheduled to take place Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Stinson Auditorium on the Stillman College campus.

An elderly black man waves to a crowd
Dr. David Satcher

Satcher, an Anniston native, was the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and former Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. He was the second person in history to hold both posts simultaneously. His tenure of public service also includes serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1993 to 1998.

A four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he is a renowned champion for healthy lifestyles and for eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. He is founder of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. In addition to his distinguished career nationally, he has served since 2005 on the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health. His latest book, My Quest for Health Equity: Notes on Learning While Leading, takes a close look at his 50-year career and what he has learned along the way.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Satcher received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in 1963. He went on to earn his medical degree and his PhD in cytogenetics at Case Western Reserve University in 1970. Upon completing his internship in pediatrics and his residence in medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1972 to launch his medical career as a Macy Foundation fellow in community medicine at King Drew Medical Center. Over the next decade, Satcher concurrently served as a physician and professor while advancing to top leadership positions at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Meharry Medical College.

The Realizing the Dream initiative includes a lecture series and other annual events and is made possible through the coordinated efforts of the Realizing the Dream Committee, which is comprised of representatives from Stillman College, Shelton State Community College, The University of Alabama and the Tuscaloosa SCLC.