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ACE Names Bataille, Peterson and Freeman to Leadership Positions

May 20, 2011


ACE today announced the following appointments:

  • Gretchen M. Bataille, senior vice president for programs and services;
  • Patti McGill Peterson, presidential advisor for global initiatives; and
  • Kara D. Freeman, vice president for administration.

"Adding Gretchen, Patti and Kara to ACE's senior leadership team will enable us to continue making great strides in our efforts to serve American higher education," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "I know our members will derive great benefit from their work, and I look forward to our partnership."

Bataille most recently served as interim vice president for academic affairs at the Fashion Institute of Technology (NY). Prior to that, she served for four years as president of the University of North Texas, a research university with more than 250 degree programs. She was interim chancellor at North Carolina School of the Arts in 2005 and senior vice president of the University of North Carolina system from 2000-06.

Bataille also served as an administrator at Arizona State University, University of California-Santa Barbara and Washington State University. At each university, she was a tenured member of the faculty, teaching in the departments of English, American Studies or Women's Studies.

Bataille will lead ACE's adult education initiatives, including all Center for Lifelong Learning programs and services and ACE's strategic relationship with the GED Testing Service, as well as the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, the Office of Women in Higher Education, the Center for Effective Leadership including the Fellows Program, and the Office for Institutional Initiatives.

Peterson most recently was a senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). Prior to joining IHEP, she served as executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and vice president of the Institute of International Education (IIE) from 1997-2007.

She is president emerita of Wells College (NY) and St. Lawrence University (NY), where she held presidencies from 1980-96. She served on the faculty of the State University of New York, Syracuse University (NY) and Wells College and was senior fellow at Cornell University's (NY) Institute for Public Affairs.

As presidential advisor for global initiatives, Peterson will oversee all of ACE's international initiatives and work to implement the outcomes of ACE's Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement.

Freeman, who has served as chief information officer at ACE since 2008, was previously a program manager with Lockheed Martin Information Technology. In this role, she managed several IT contracts, including contracts for the development of systems associated with e-Gov initiatives, which advance the use of IT innovation within the federal government. Freeman holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University (DC), both in information systems. She also holds a project management professional credential through the Project Management Institute.

In her new role as vice president for administration, Freeman will add to her portfolio oversight of the Council's human resources, facilities and office services functions.

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