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Kara Battle, Ed.D.

Chief Academic Officer, Durham Technical Community College; Research Affiliate, Belk Center


Dr. Kara Battle is currently serving as the Vice President/Chief Academic Officer at Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech). In her role at Durham Tech, she leads all things related to academic instruction – assessing current program offerings and building new programs to fit the needs of students for the region’s economy. As the head of instruction, Battle is pivotal in efforts to improve teaching and learning, and building strategic partnerships with universities and industries for future career pipelines. Battle brings a wealth of knowledge to her role with 28 years of experience in higher education, including her time as dean, assistant dean, science chair, and biology instructor at Durham Tech. She also served as Director of Education at the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute at North Carolina Central University. Prior to her roles at Durham Tech and NCCU, Battle worked at Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and Wytheville Community College in Virginia. She also lead Equity Coach training for the North Carolina Student Success Center, which provides statewide training to community college employees. Battle holds a bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Arts in Teaching Biology from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She also holds a Doctor of Education in Adult and Community College Leadership from North Carolina State University. She is married to Gerald and is the proud human parent to Hooper and Harley.