Battinto Batts JrBATTINTO BATTS JR. has been appointed dean of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Batts is an experienced crime reporter, lecturer, philanthropist,  strategic communications professional, higher ed administrator and nonprofit leader. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree in media management from Norfolk State University and a doctorate in higher education management from Hampton University.