Gretchen M. Bataille became the fourteenth president of the University of North Texas in August 2006.
For six years, Bataille served as the chief academic officer of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina. In her last year, she had the additional responsibility of interim chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the public performing arts conservatory of UNC. Bataille also served as a tenured professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill.
As the UNC senior vice president for academic affairs, Bataille led the academic planning for all of the UNC campuses, comprising a total enrollment of about two hundred thousand students. UNC campuses grant baccalaureate and advanced degrees, including schools of medicine, dentistry, law, engineering, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine. The scope of her responsibilities as the university's highest ranking academic officer included overseeing strategic planning and budgeting, research, student affairs, and international programs, and advising the UNC president and board of governors on academic issues.
As interim chancellor of NCSA, Bataille headed an institution serving more than eleven hundred junior-high to graduate students training for professional careers in the arts in five professional schools — dance, design and production (visual arts), drama, film, and music. NCSA was the first state-supported residential school of its kind in the nation.
Bataille has served as an administrator at Washington State University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Arizona State University, and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. A recognized scholar of Native American literature, Bataille has focused on issues of diversity, civil rights, and ethnic studies throughout her professional career. She began teaching as a member of the English faculty at Iowa State University, and her publications include books on Native American literature and film as well as the role of administrators in higher education.
She served as a member of the Council of Academic Affairs of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, on the board of the Research Triangle Institute, and as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for The College Board, among others. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education.
Originally from Indiana, Bataille earned her bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in English education from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. She earned a doctorate in English from Drake University and has completed management development programs at Harvard University and the University of California.