News

Battle Named Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State

November 10, 2006
North Carolina A&T State University

For more information contact:
Joni Worthington at (919) 962-4629 or worthj@northcarolina.edu.

November 10, 2006

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

Battle Named Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Stanley F. Battle, president of Coppin State University since 2003, has been elected chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University by the Board of Governors of the 16-campus University of North Carolina.  UNC President Erskine Bowles placed Battle’s name in nomination today (November 10) during the board’s regular November meeting.  Battle, 55, will assume his new duties July 1, 2007, succeeding Lloyd V. “Vic” Hackley, who has served as interim chancellor since Jim Renick stepped down in June to accept a senior leadership position with the American Council on Education.

In recommending Battle to the Board of Governors, Bowles said:  When I gave the charge to the Chancellor Search Committee at North Carolina A&T, I made it clear that I would settle for no less than the very best leader for this special institution—and that’s exactly what we got.  Stanley Battle is absolutely passionate about the power of higher education to change lives for the better, and I am convinced he has the ability, desire, energy, and vision to take NC A&T to the next level.  Throughout his career, Dr. Battle has made community involvement and collaboration a priority, a tradition he has pledged to continue in Greensboro and the Triad region.  He also brings a proven track record of securing the external gifts and grants that help provide the margin of excellence that can never come from state funding alone.  We are blessed to gain a leader with this rare combination of talent and commitment.”

One of 13 campuses that comprise the University System of Maryland, Coppin State is a historically black liberal arts institution that enrolls approximately 4,300 students and offers more 24 undergraduate majors, 33 minors, and 11 master’s degree programs in high-need areas such as education, nursing, counseling, and criminal justice.  The campus also houses the Coppin Academy, an early college high school supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which opened in 2005.  Located in the northwest section of Baltimore, the campus has a unique mission, primarily focusing on the problems, needs, and aspirations of the diverse residents in the surrounding urban area.

As Coppin’s president, Battle has been credited with strengthening academic programs and aggressively pursuing adequate operating and capital support from the state legislature.  As a result of those efforts, the campus attained university status in 2004 and state operating support for the campus rose by more than 50% in the 2005-06 fiscal year.  Under his leadership, external research grants and private giving have also increased markedly, collaboration with the Baltimore Public Schools has expanded dramatically, and the campus has become a national leader in the use of information technologies.  The first completely wireless campus in the University System of Maryland, Coppin received a 2005 “Excellence in Network” Award from EDUCAUSE, a national organization promoting the use of information technologies in higher education.

“The chance to serve as chancellor of North Carolina A&T is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Battle.  “However, this was a very difficult decision.  My wife, Judy, and I love Coppin State University very much.  We will continue to support the institution both spiritually and financially.  I am extremely grateful for the wonderful years I’ve spent at Coppin and would like to thank everyone for their tremendous support during my presidency.”

A native of Springfield, Mass., Battle majored in sociology at Springfield College, graduating in 1973.  After completing a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut in 1975, he earned a master’s degree in public health (1979) and a doctorate in social welfare policy (1980) from the University of Pittsburgh.  He later completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and the Millennium Leadership Institute of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Battle began his academic career at the University of Minnesota in 1980, serving as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work with an adjunct appointment in the School of Public Health.  Four years later, he moved to Boston University, holding joint appointments in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health.  He was named a professor in the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 1987, where he was promoted to associate dean for research and development in 1991.

In 1993, Battle was recruited to Eastern Connecticut State University as associate vice president for academic affairs.  Five years later he joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as the Sullivan-Spaights Distinguished Professor in UWM’s School of Social Welfare and Education.  In that role, he established scholarships, a summer research institute focused on issues pertaining to adolescent fathers, and a mentoring institute for adolescent African American males.  In 2000, he was promoted to vice chancellor of student and multicultural affairs at UMW, a post he held until being named president of Coppin State in 2003.

An accomplished teacher, researcher, and speaker, Battle is also the author or co-author of 11 books and more than 60 articles and book chapters, primarily focusing on social issues involving the African American community.  His numerous awards and honors include the Legacy Laureate Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh, the African American Heritage Award from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Service Award from Eastern Connecticut State, the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families Recognition Award, and the First Community Research Award from the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Conn.  In addition, a scholarship fund was endowed at Eastern Connecticut State in honor of Battle and his wife.

Battle and his wife, Judith Lynn Rozie-Battle, an attorney, have one daughter, Ashley Lynn, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College who is now pursuing a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.

North Carolina A&T State University
Founded in Greensboro in 1891, North Carolina A&T State University is a doctoral/research intensive land-grant university.  With a student enrollment of more than 11,000, it houses one of three schools of engineering within the University of North Carolina and offers doctoral degrees in related disciplines.  It also offers a wide range of baccalaureate and master’s degree programs with emphases in engineering, technology, and the sciences.  In partnership with government and industry, A&T faculty conduct basic and applied research in an array of fields, including engineering, transportation, and agriculture.

The University of North Carolina
The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 200,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees.  UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists.  Also under the University umbrella are the UNC Center for Public Television with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, and the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students.

###

NOTE TO EDITORS:  An electronic version of this release and a photograph of Dr. Battle may be found on the University of North Carolina website at www.northcarolina.edu.

NC A&T State University contact:  For more information about A&T, contact Mabel Scott, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and University Relations, at (336) 256-0863 or mables@ncat.edu.