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The Honorable Michael A. Battle

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon, Pie (Key Lime)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gambia, Senegal
Favorite Quote:
Such is life.

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1950
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon, Pie (Key Lime)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gambia, Senegal
Favorite Quote:
Such is life.

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1950
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Dr. Michael A. Battle, the seventh president of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), was born on July 28, 1950, in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his B.A. degree from Trinity College, the master of divinity degree from Duke University and the doctor of ministry from Howard University. Other academic achievements include certifications from the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University, the Executive Leadership Institute of Hampton University, and American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Millennium Leadership.

Before assuming the presidency of ITC, Battle was vice president of student affairs at Chicago State University. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. battle served as associate vice president of student affairs at Virginia State University, where, under his leadership, the institution's successful planning and assessment was widely acknowledged. From 1976 to 1996, Battle served as dean of the University Chapel at Hampton University, pastor to the Hampton University Memorial Church and executive secretary and treasurer of the Hampton University Ministers' Conference, the nation's largest interdenominational conference among African American clergy. His active participation in the conference helped increase the number of members, which successfully raised significant amounts of money toward the construction of the university's convocation center. Dr. Battle was also a teacher of philosophy and religion, and served for twenty years as a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserve.

Other notable achievements include serving as vice president of the American Committee on Africa form 1994 to 1998, as well as participating as an election observer for the first free election in South Africa. Awards and honors given to Battle include: the Leadership Award from the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals; the Martin Luther King Memorial Speakers Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; the Echoes of Excellence Award for Community Service; the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award; and was a Rockefeller Fund for the Theological Education Scholar from 1973 to 1976. Dr. Battle has also authored numerous books and publications on topics related to ecumenism and the Black church.

Battle is married to the former Linda Ann McClure, and is the father of three children: Michael Jr., Lisa Angela and Martin Luther. Michael is a graduate of Malcolm X College in Chicago, Lisa is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and Central Michigan State University and is also a captain in the U.S. Army; and Martin is completing his undergraduate work in religious studies at Hampton University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michael Battle shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michael Battle remembers his mother and father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michael Battle talks about his own childhood and that of his father, who had to leave school in third grade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michael Battle contrasts his safe, nurturing childhood neighborhood in St. Louis with myths about "the ghetto"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michael Battle recalls his childhood church activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michael Battle recounts his educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michael Battle remembers his high school years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michael Battle remembers influential teachers and the memorial scholarship that allowed him to attend college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michael Battle recalls his extracurricular activities and jobs as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michael Battle relates how he became involved in politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michael Battle discusses the importance of reading in his upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michael Battle recounts his involvment in coaching youth sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michael Battle details his involvement in activism and teaching at a GED program while in college in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michael Battle remembers his college extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michael Battle outlines his graduate and postgraduate studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michael Battle details his career path
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michael Battle recalls memorable events from his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michael Battle shares some of the challenges he's faced on the job
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michael Battle offers his advice to young people
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michael Battle reflects on his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michael Battle discusses his family life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michael Battle recalls how Groove Phi Groove helped make chapel a standing-room-only event at Hampton