Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. reappointed to CPCC’s Board of Trustees
Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. has been reappointed to Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Board of Trustees by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education after serving a four-year term. Bishop Battle was ordained the 84th bishop in the line of succession in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church in 1992. He currently presides over the North Eastern Episcopal District, which includes New England, New York, Western New York and the Bahamas Islands.
“CPCC is extremely fortunate to have someone of George’s character and caliber on its leadership team. We look forward to benefitting from his expertise and experience during the next four years, and appreciate the school board for this reappointment,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC.
A native of North Carolina, Bishop Battle is closely affiliated to the Tarheel State. He was a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, serving as the group’s president from 1990-1995, and presently serves on the board for Carolinas Healthcare System and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Bishop Battle began his career in ministry in 1966 in Rock Hill, S.C. He was admitted to the South Carolina Conference in 1967, and was ordained as a deacon in 1967 and an elder in 1968. Before being assigned to his current district, he presided over the South Atlantic Episcopal District and the Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District, which included the Virgin Islands Conference.
Bishop Battle earned a bachelor’s degree from Livingstone College, a master’s degree in divinity from Hood Theological Seminary and a doctorate in ministry from Howard University School of Divinity, located in Washington D.C. He also holds honorary degrees from Clinton Junior College, Hood Theological Seminary, Livingstone College, Queens University of Charlotte (previously Queens College) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
He has also received many awards, including the ECHO, Urban League, Whitney M. Young and National Conference of Christians and Jews Awards.
An active community member, Bishop Battle is chairman of the International Budget Board of the A.M.E. Zion Church, first vice chairman of the A.M.E. Zion Church Publishing House and vice chairman of the Department of Evangelism. He also serves on the board of trustees for Livingstone College and the International Laymen Association of the A.M.E. Zion Church.
Bishop Battle and his wife Iris have two children, George, III and LaChandra, and three grandchildren.
Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.
This release prepared by Mallory Benz, 704.330.6613. An archive of CPCC news releases is at http://www.cpcc.edu/college-news.