Stanley F. Battle, educator, author and civic activist, assumed the role of Chancellor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on July 1, 2007. He was installed as the eleventh chancellor of the university on Friday, April 25, 2008.
In Dr. Battle’s tenure at A&T, he re-centered the institution’s academic excellence by enrolling the finest freshman class in 25 years. In the fall of 2008, A&T was the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to receive the prestigious Engineering Research Center (ERC) grant awarded by the National Science Foundation, a cornerstone 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.
Under Dr. Battle’s leadership, the institution focused on the following: preparing a globally competent student, moving the school of engineering into the top 25 in the nation, through the ERC, with a strong natural science focus, maintaining outstanding academics in liberal arts, education, nursing, agriculture, business, and fine arts, continuing to support the unique partnership with UNCG through the Joint Nano Science and Engineering School, and continuing the exclusive partnerships with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC).
In his time at A&T Dr. Battle: implemented the Dowdy Scholarship program, a four year scholarship for outstanding scholars with GPAs ranging from 3.2 to 4.0; developed and implemented The Cosby Kids initiative (a joint effort with GTCC, tracking 4th, 6th, and 8th graders through high school to prepare them to enroll in college by focusing on math, reading comprehension and science); signed a Memorandum of Agreement with GTCC for students not quite prepared to enter A&T; and performed in a music concert and raised $22,000 in scholarship funds for students in the arts.
Prior to coming to A&T , Dr. Battle served as President of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to serving as President of Coppin, Dr. Battle earned academic administrative experience working as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University. He has four academic degrees, including a B.S. from Springfield College, an M.S.W. from Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in social welfare policy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980.