About Denise A. Battles
Dr. Battles’ appointment marks a return to familiar territory for the Oswego County native and Colgate University alumna. Prior to her arrival at Geneseo, she was the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Previously, she had served as dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences and professor of geology at the University of Northern Colorado. This followed her position as associate dean of the Paulson College of Science and Technology and professor of geology at Georgia Southern University.
Dr. Battles earned a doctorate in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from Colgate University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She served as president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences from 2008-09. A former Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE), she remains actively involved with ACE’s Council of Fellows and has served on that entity’s Executive Board and Executive Committee and as chair of its Professional Development Committee. She has authored numerous publications and currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.