Dr. Stanley Battle, UConn SSW alum and former faculty was appointed Interim President of Southern Connecticut State University.

Dr. Stanley F. Battle, former president of Coppin State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been appointed as interim president of Southern Connecticut State University, effective next month.

Battle’s interim appointment, made by Connecticut State University System (CSUS) Chancellor David G. Carter, was announced Thursday and endorsed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for CSUS. Battle will succeed Dr. Cheryl J. Norton, who recently announced her retirement.

“I am confident that Dr. Battle will make an immediate and positive impression at Southern,” said Dr. Carter.  “His commitment to students, faculty and staff is unparalleled. By virtue of his many years as an educator, and as an administrator in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Maryland and North Carolina, he brings substantial experience to this interim position.”

Dr. Battle has four academic degrees:  a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Springfield College,  a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.

“We are confident that Dr. Battle will be an effective interim leader at Southern, working closely with faculty, staff and the community in furthering the best interests of our students,” said CSUS Board Chair Karl J. Krapek.  “His lifelong dedication to education and excellence, and solid record of accomplishment will help Southern continue to excel.”

As president of North Carolina A&T (2007-2009), Dr. Battle demonstrated a strong commitment to students, including a focus on providing opportunities and academic success.  During his tenure, the School of Nursing received full accreditation, audit findings declined dramatically and the university achieved financial stability despite the nation’s serious economic downturn.  Dr. Battle also established effective partnerships with neighboring higher education institutions in areas including nanoscience and nanoengineering.

He previously served as president of Coppin State University in Baltimore (2003-2007), vice chancellor for academic and multicultural affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2000-2003), and associate vice president of academic affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University (1993-1998). Earlier in his career, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Connecticut, Boston University, and the University of Minnesota.

Southern Connecticut State University, with approximately 12,000 students, is a comprehensive university offering 116 graduate and undergraduate programs.  It is the second largest of the four universities in the Connecticut State University System, which is Connecticut’s largest university system.

Courtesy of Southern Connecticut State University.