Denise A. Battles, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has been elected secretary of the newly established Association of Chief Academic Officers.
ACAO is 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. Accepting its first members in 2013, ACAO has enrolled 75 institutions as charter members. ACAO was officially launched and its inaugural officers and directors were elected at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Council of Education held on March 9 in San Diego, CA.
“I feel privileged to play a role in the development of this new national higher education association," says Battles. "The leadership of ACAO envisions this entity as one that will facilitate the sharing of effective practices, enable networking, and provide professional development and support for Chief Academic Officers. I am excited by the opportunities afforded by ACAO and look forward to working with my colleagues as we launch this new organization.”
Battles has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNCW since 2012. Prior to that, she was 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 has published extensively on effective leadership and institutional change in higher education and is a current member of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education editorial board.