Dr. Stanley F. Battle, president of Coppin State University, has been appointed chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University.
Battle, 55, will take office July 1, 2007, succeeding Dr. Lloyd “Vic” Hackley, who has served as interim chancellor since Dr. James Renick stepped down in June to join the American Council on Education as senior vice president for programs and research.
“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.”
Battle joined Coppin State in 2003, and focused the institution on a three-point plan of academic excellence, facilities improvement and external relations. The campus attained university status in 2004, and state support rose by more than 50 percent in the 2005-2006 fiscal year, according to a university press release. Coppin also became the first completely wireless campus in the University System of Maryland.
System Chancellor William E. Kirwan expressed his appreciation of Battle’s work.
“Thanks to President Battle’s dedication to broadening options for students of all ages, Coppin has become a national model in delivering education and advancing opportunities in an urban corridor affected by poverty and crime,” said Kirwan. “I wish him much success in his position at North Carolina A&T.”
A native of Springfield, Mass., Battle earned a bachelor’s in sociology from Springfield College, a master’s in social work from the University of Connecticut, a master’s in public health and a doctorate in social welfare policy 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.
Previously, Battle was vice chancellor of student and multicultural affairs at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As the Sullivan-Spaights Distinguished Professor in UWM’s School of Social Welfare and Education, he established scholarships, a summer research institute focused on issues related to adolescent fathers and a mentoring institute for adolescent Black males.
— Diverse staff reports
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