Satterfield Named Duke Vice President for Finance

Rachel Satterfield
New Vice President for Finance Rachel Satterfield has worked at Duke since 2001.

Rachel Satterfield has been named Duke University’s vice president for finance, Executive Vice President Daniel Ennis announced Tuesday. 

Satterfield was serving as interim vice president for finance, a role she assumed in October 2020, when Tim Walsh stepped down to join Huron Consulting.  She had been Duke’s associate vice president for finance and controller since 2011.

“Rachel Satterfield is an outstanding financial leader with invaluable experience and trusted relationships across Duke,” Ennis said. “She has been an essential partner to academic, administrative and health system leadership as we have navigated through incredibly challenging circumstances.  I look forward to her continued impressive contributions as we constantly work to find ways to support Duke’s pursuit of excellence in all of its critical missions.”

In her new role, Satterfield will oversee an array of activities, including financial reporting and analysis, tax compliance, administrative systems management, disbursement services, supply chain management, real estate and research costing and compliance.  As part of organizational re-alignment prior to Ennis’s arrival, the offices responsible for treasury services and the university budget and central business operations now report directly to Ennis.

Prior to joining Duke in May 2001 as the manager of financial accounting, she was an audit manager at KPMG LLP, responsible for auditing a number of private higher education institutions. She received a bachelor of science in business administration and master of accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is a Certified Public Accountant.