Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille

Gretchen M. Bataille’s long career in higher education has included a variety of positions from department chair to university president and, most recently, as the Senior Vice President for the American Council on Education, the preeminent membership association for over 1800 colleges and universities.  In her various roles, she has taught, mentored, managed over $15 M in grants, and has consulted in higher education both in the United States and abroad. She has been invited to visit and speak in over twenty countries.

Before becoming president of the University of North Texas, a research university with over 36,000 students, Dr. Bataille  served as an administrator at Arizona State University, University of California Santa Barbara, Washington State University and the University of North Carolina system.   Her academic experiences include  nearly twenty years as a faculty member at Iowa State University, a one-year appointment as interim chancellor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and ten months of consulting in academic affairs at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  

Throughout her long career in higher education, Bataille has been a frequent speaker at colleges and universities and for leadership programs and has been in demand for programs specifically targeting women’s leadership. She has consulted at Allegheny College, Arizona State University, Fielding Graduate University, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Marcos, CSU Chico, the CSU System, the University of Nebraska, Auburn University, Yale University, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of Albany (SUNY), Iowa State University, Utah State University, University of Colorado, Georgia State University, Queens College, Scripps College, Texas A&M University San Antonio, and the University of Missouri as well as working on projects for the Department of State, CIES, the Sloan Foundation, WASC, The Natural History Museum of LA County and other government agencies and foundations.  She serves as the US Senior Academic Advisor for Navitas, a global higher education company located in Australia with academic pathway programs in Australia, UK, US, Canada, Sri Lanka, Singapore, New Zealand and Indonesia. In 2014 and 2016 she served as the Presidential Consultant for the TIAA Higher Education Leadership Conference in New York City, and in 2015 and 2017 she served on the steering committee for the Kellogg/NADOHE Chief Diversity Officer Summit at Northwestern University.

Dr. Bataille, whose scholarly specialization is American Indian literature, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California Polytechnic State University and her doctorate in English from Drake University. Her publications include reviews, articles, academic papers, and a dozen books in her academic field. She is the co-author with Betsy Brown of the book, Faculty Career Paths: Multiple Routes to Academic Success and Satisfaction and with Diana Cordova edited Managing the Unthinkable: Crisis Preparation and Response for Campus Leaders, published by Stylus Publishing in 2014. She has presented over 200 speeches and has written or edited fifteen books and monographs.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for SAGE Publications and has served on many boards, including the Board of Trustees of The College Board ACE, the Research Triangle Board (RTI), World Affairs Council (Dallas/Fort Worth), Board of Trustees for Drake University, DATCU Credit Union Board, and the North Texas Commission. 

Bataille serves as president of the consulting firm, GMB Consulting Group, LLC and is a strategic partner with ROI Consulting Group.