CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Dec. 16, 2002
NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: All presidential candidates will be available
briefly for questions from reporters in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Kirkwood
Room (Room 257) from about 5 to 5:15 p.m. following the public symposium portion
of the candidate’s visit.
UNC vice president to interview for UI presidency Tuesday
M. Bataille, senior vice president for academic affairs at the University
of North Carolina, will visit the University of Iowa Tuesday, Dec. 17, to
interview for the position of UI president. Bataille will meet with faculty,
staff students and community leaders throughout the day. She will also participate
in a 4 p.m. symposium on "The Future of Public Higher Education"
in the Main Ballroom on the second floor of the Iowa Memorial Union. The symposium
is open to the public.
The candidate is familiar with Iowa. She earned a doctorate in English from
Drake University and was an instructor and faculty member in the English department
at Iowa State University for two decades, from 1967 to 1988. In 1995, her
name was added to the ISU Plaza of Heroines at Carrie Chapman Catt Hall.
Bataille, 58, was appointed senior vice president for academic affairs for
the 16-campus University of North Carolina system in March 2000. The system
has 175,000 students and includes five research campuses, two land-grant universities,
five Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and UNC-Pembroke, a traditionally
Native American institution. In her position, Bataille is responsible for
academic program planning and works with the campuses on accreditation, personnel,
enrollment and academic planning, research and international programs.
Prior to joining UNC, Bataille served for three years (1997-2000) as provost
and academic vice president at Washington State University, a four-campus
system with 22,000 students. In her position there, she had responsibility
for eight academic colleges, three branch campuses, the Intercollegiate Center
for Nursing Education in Spokane, University Libraries, the Museum of Art,
the Graduate School, information technology, student affairs, research and
the Honors College.
From 1994-97, she served as provost of the College of Letters and Science
at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the largest college at UCSB
with three academic divisions: humanities and fine arts; mathematical, life,
and physical sciences; and social sciences. She was also responsible for undergraduate
student academic affairs, the University Art Museum, global and international
studies, and the UCSB Program in Washington.
As associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona
State University for four years (1990-94), her primary responsibilities were
academic personnel, strategic planning, budgeting and computer infusion. Prior
to being named associate dean, she was chair of the ASU Department of English.
In addition to her extensive administrative experience, Bataille has also
served throughout her career as a teacher and scholar, teaching classes almost
every year and securing grants totaling nearly $2 million.
She is a noted scholar in the field of Native American literature and the
author or editor of eleven books, including Ethnic Studies in the United States;
Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary; American Indian Women Telling
Their Lives; The Pretend Indians: Images of Native Americans in the Movies;
Images of American Indians in Film: An Annotated Bibliography; The Worlds
Between Two Rivers: Perspectives on American Indians in Iowa; and Living the
Dream in Arizona: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Her most recent book,
Native American Representations: First Encounters, Distorted Images, and Literary
Appropriations, was published in 2001.
Much of Bataille’s professional career has involved issues of diversity,
civil rights and ethnic studies. She chaired the Iowa Civil Rights Commission,
initiated and chaired the American Indian Studies Program at Iowa State University
and wrote the grant that created the American Indian Institute and chaired
the President’s Committee for Assessment for Quality and Diversity at
Arizona State University. In North Carolina, she serves as a member of the
board of directors for the UNC Press and the Research Triangle Institute as
well as the North Carolina Humanities Council. She also serves as a trustee
for The College Board.
Bataille has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree
in English education from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis
Obispo, and a doctoral degree in English from Drake University. In addition
to her system-wide administrative appointment, she is a full professor with
tenure in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at