Stanley F. Battle

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Dr. Stanley F. Battle
Interim President of Southern Connecticut State University
Term 2010 – 2011
Predecessor Cheryl J. Norton
Successor Mary A. Papazian
11th Chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Term 2007 – 2009
Predecessor Lloyd V. Hackley
Successor Harold L. Martin
4th President of Coppin State University
Term 2003 – 2006
Predecessor Calvin W. Burnett
Successor Reginald S. Avery
Born (1951-06-12)June 12, 1951
Springfield, Massachusetts
Alma mater Springfield College
University of Connecticut
University of Pittsburgh
Profession Educator, author, civic activist
Spouse Judith Lynn Rozie-Battle
Children Ashley Lynn Battle
Signature Dr. Stanley F. Battle's signature

Stanley Fred Battle Ph.D, (b. June 12, 1951) is an American educator, author, civic activist and former leader of Coppin State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Currently, Battle serves as a professor of social work at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Early life and education[edit]

Battle is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts Battle holds four degrees. In 1973, he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Springfield College; a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 1975; a Master of Public Health and Doctorate in social welfare policy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 and 1980 respectively. Battle later completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and the Millennium Leadership Institute of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Battle’s career in academics spans over 3 decades. Starting in 1980, He was an Assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. From there, Battle would serve at public and private institutions including Boston University, the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as vice chancellor of student and multicultural affairs from 2000 to 2003.[3]

Coppin State University[edit]

On March 3, 2003, Battle was appointed as the fourth president of Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland.[4] The Battle administration focused on a three-point plan of academic excellence, facilities improvement and external relations to improve the college. Under Battle's leadership, the campus attained university status in 2004, and changed its name to Coppin State University. According to a university press release, state support increased by more than 50 percent in the 2005–2006 fiscal year during Battle's tenure. Coppin also became the first completely wireless campus in the University System of Maryland.[5] Dr. Battle was also the creative force behind the establishment of the Urban Educational Corridor, a partnership with an elementary, middle and high schools. Under his tutelage, the University also managed the Coppin/Rosemont Initiative; the only higher education institution in Maryland to manage a public school that was failing and helped raise it to the ranks of the very best city schools. In 2005, he established The Coppin Academy, a 400 student on campus High School partially funded by the Gates Foundation and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.[1]

In November 2006, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina, elect Battle as the newest Chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.[3]

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University[edit]

Battle would assume the role of Chancellor of the University on July 1, 2007; and would be installed as the 11th in the school's history in April of the following year.[6] Under Battle's leadership, the university focused on continuing to increase its national academic reputation while preparing globally competent students. During the fall of 2008, the North Carolina A&T enrolled its finest freshman class in 25 years; had its College of engineering ranked among the top 25 in the nation; increased the pass rate in its School of Nursing from 66% to a 91%, resulting in full accreditation with no sanction; and also became the only Historically Black University to have a Wall Street trading room.[6] The University also became the first Historically Black University to receive the prestigious Engineering Research Center (ERC) grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. The grant consists of an award of $18 million over 5 years with a 10-year life span. A&T was also the only HBCU in the nation with a Wall Street trading room.[1][6]

Battle was also instrumental in the creation of scholarship and other programs designed to award and assist students. He implemented the Dowdy Scholarship program. Named for the university's Sixth President and First Chancellor, Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy and his wife Elizabeth, the four-year scholarship is awarded to outstanding scholars with GPAs ranging from 3.2 to 4.0. Battle also developed and implemented The Cosby Kids initiative, a joint effort with Guilford Technical Community College, that tracked 4th, 6th, and 8th grade students through high school to prepare them to enroll in college by focusing on math, reading comprehension and science. He also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Guilford Tech to assist students that, academically, were not fully prepared to enter North Carolina A&T.[6] In February 2009, Battle announced his resignation from North Carolina A&T, effective June 30 of that year, citing personal and family reasons for his departure from the university.[3][7][8]

Southern Connecticut State University[edit]

In June 2010, Battle assumed the position of Interim President of Southern Connecticut State University. As Interim President, Battle was instrumental in the timely renovation and building of two major facilities projects on the New Haven campus. He also hired three new Deans to strengthen the academic program in addition to raising $1.4 million for the campus. Battle also established the Southern Academy, an academic enhancement program for rising 4th graders in preparation for college. This initiative led to an appearance on the Today Show with Dr. Bill Cosby.[1]

In late 2011, it was announced that Battle withdrew his name from consideration for the position as president to pursue other opportunities. In April the following year, Battle joined the faculty of Central Connecticut State University as a professor of social work.[9]

Present day[edit]

Dr. Battle served Central Connecticut State University as a member of the faculty from 2012 to 2013. In August 2013, it was announced that Battle would be appointed as professor of social work and the founding director of the master’s degree in social work program at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Battle is married to his wife Judith Lynn Rozie-Battle, who holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Stanley F. Battle Bio". African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) website. Connecticut General Assembly. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Coppin State University President Dr. Stanley F. Battle named Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University". Coppin State University Newsdesk website. Coppin State University Office of University Relations. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Stanley F. Battle- N&R Research". http://nrtimelines.wikifoundry.com. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "CSU History". Coppin.edu website. Coppin State University. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Coppin State President Appointed Next Leader of North Carolina A&T University". Diverse: Issues In Higher Education website. Cox, Matthews, and Associates, Inc. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Presidents & Chancellors". F.D. Bluford Library at NC A&T State University. NC A&T State University. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Mullins, Dexter (28 February 2009). "A&T's Stanley Battle Abruptly Resigns". Black College Wire. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Holley-Bright, Pamela (2 March 2009). "11th President Resigns from North Carolina A&T". Carolina Peacemaker. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Megan, Kathleen (8 December 2011). "SCSU Welcomes Its New President". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Pomeroy, Valerie (August 20, 2013). "Dr. Stanley F. Battle Named Founding Director of M.S.W. Program at the University of Saint Joseph". westheartford.patch.com. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Chappell, George. "Interim Vice President Appointed At Hartford Foundation". The Hartford Courant website. Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Cheryl J. Norton
Interim President of Southern Connecticut State University
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Mary A. Papazian
Preceded by
Lloyd V. Hackley
Chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Harold L. Martin
Preceded by
Calvin W. Burnett
President of Coppin State University
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Reginald S. Avery