UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: United Republic of Tanzania
CANDIDATE: Michael Battle
Michael Battle had a distinguished career of public service spanning four decades. He was a leader as a diplomat, in academia, in the faith community and as a military chaplain. Dr. Battle was Executive Vice President/Provost at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, 2015–2016. Prior to that he served as the Senior Advisor to the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State for the U.S. Africa Leader’s Summit in 2014, and before that he was the United States Representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United States Ambassador to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His demonstrated record of leadership and his considerable experience as a diplomat and with African affairs makes him a well-qualified candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Tanzania.
Earlier in his career Dr. Battle was the President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and was chair of The Robert W. Woodruff Library of The Atlanta University. He served as Vice President at Chicago State University from 1998-2003, Associate Vice President at Virginia State University from 1996-1998, and University Chaplain at Hampton University from 1976-1996. He was Vice President of the American Committee on Africa from 1994-1998 and participated as an Election Observer in 1994 for the first Free Election in South Africa. Additionally, he served for 20 years as a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1997.
Dr. Battle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College, a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Howard University.