UNCW Provost Battles Appointed Vice President and President-Elect of the Association of Chief Academic Officers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Denise A. Battles, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has been appointed vice president and president-elect of the Association of Chief Academic Officers. Her term runs through March 2016. 

ACAO was established in March 2014 as the first national organization representing chief academic officers (CAOs) from all accredited higher education institutions. The organization provides a forum for CAOs to discuss important academic affairs issues with one another. Battles was among the organization’s first set of officers, having previously served as secretary.

“I am honored to serve in the role of ACAO vice president and president-elect and delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of this newly-established higher education association,” said Battles. “I look forward to our ongoing work to support the professional growth of chief academic officers.”

Provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNCW since 2012, Battles previously served as the founding dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. She is a past president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and also served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Auburn University. She is a current member of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education editorial board.