UNCW Provost Battles named President at SUNY Geneseo

UNCW Provost Battles named President at SUNY Geneseo

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The State University of New York at Geneseo has hired UNCW Provost Denise Battles as the school's next president, effective July 1.

Battles has been with UNCW since 2012 serving as Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Battles will remain with UNCW through the spring semester.

UNCW's Interim Chancellor Bill Sederburg released the following statement:

Dear Colleagues:
A short time ago, the State University of New York at Geneseo announced that the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York has approved the appointment of Provost Denise Battles as the next President of SUNY Geneseo. She will remain in her role at UNCW through the spring semester.

Although this is a tremendous loss for UNCW, I am supportive of Denise's decision; I know this is an excellent opportunity for her at a premier liberal arts college (and in her hometown region of Upstate New York, no less).

Under Denise's leadership, UNCW's academic programs have flourished in a number of ways, including the SACS reaffirmation of accreditation, the development and implementation of ETEAL and its applied learning strategies, the establishment of the Office of Undergraduate Studies, and the tireless review and progress on our mission statement update. Denise may be leaving our campus but her impact will remain alive via those accomplishments and others.

I will communicate with you again regarding this transition as soon as possible, as we make plans to appoint first an interim and ultimately a permanent provost. I am certain that there will be no momentum lost in this faculty's commitment to develop and enhance UNCW's academic offerings, value and prestige. This institution is one that prospective candidates will undoubtedly be honored to lead, and I welcome the opportunity to help support this search while I remain here at UNCW.

Please join me in thanking Denise for her significant contributions to UNCW during her time here, and in wishing her luck as she continues on her path of higher education leadership.

Battles is the third high ranking UNCW official to leave the school within the past year. In May of 2014, UNCW's Chief Financial Officer Charlie Maimone left to become the Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs at UNC-Greensboro. One month later,

to take the same position at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

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