Ambassador Michael Anthony Battle is Senior Advisor to the African Bureau of the U.S. State Departments for the first Summit of African Heads of State and Government hosted in the United States by a U.S. President. He works with the policy team managing the diplomatic side of the summit engaging with the African Embassies in Washington as well as with U.S. Embassies in African Countries. He also manages the diplomatic contact with the African Union Mission to the U.S. and the U.S. Mission to the African Union on matters related to the African Leaders Summit. Prior to this assignment Ambassador Battle served as the United States Ambassador to the African Union, a multilateral continental body with 54 African Nations as members, and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa headquartered in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, the diplomatic capital of the African Continent. Ambassador Battle served as the personal representative of the United States President to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Dr. Battle’s academic background includes having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford CT, a Master’s Degree from Duke University, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Howard University. Additionally, he completed the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at Harvard University Graduate School of Education; the Millennial Leadership Institute, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; and the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Reserve Command and General Staff College. He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Shaw University and Trinity College respectively.
Dr. Battle has been a successful administrator for some of the nation's finest institutions of higher education, having served as President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta; Vice President at Chicago State University in Chicago; Associate Vice President at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia; and Dean of the Chapel at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where he was also pastor to The Hampton University Memorial Church and concurrently served as Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Hampton University Ministers' Conference, the nation's largest interdenominational conference among African American clergy. He served for 20 years as a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserve, and after key assignments from Battalion to Division Level, retired with many military honors and the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1997.