Strategic Partner

Gretchen M. Batille, D.A.
Strategic Partner
ROI Consulting Group, Inc.

ROI is pleased to introduce our ROI Strategic Partner, Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille, who brings decades of senior leadership experience to the ROI portfolio in higher education.  

Dr. 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 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.  

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. In her role with ROI, she has consulted at the University of Nebraska, Allegheny College, Fielding Graduate University, the Natural History Museum of LA County, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Marcos, CSU Chico, Auburn University, the CSU System, Georgia State University, Queens College, Yale University, Scripps College and Texas A&M University San Antonio. She has also been engaged with projects for the Department of State, CIES, the Sloan Foundation, WASC 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, Kenya, 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 at California Polytechnic State University and her doctorate in English at Drake University. Her publications include reviews, articles, academic papers, and numerous books in her field.  She is the co-author of the book, Faculty Career Paths: Multiple Routes to Academic Success and Satisfaction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).  Managing the Unthinkable: Crises Preparation and Response for Campus Leaders, co-edited with Diana Cordova (Stylus, 2014), provides advice to campus leadership on crises from shootings to natural disasters. She has presented over 200 speeches and has written or edited fifteen books.  Bataille has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The College Board as well as a Board member for ACE.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for SAGE Publications and serves on the Board of Trustees for Drake University. 


US is Losing an Opportunity for Economic Growth.  The PIE News (March 2, 2018)

Managing the Unthinkable: Crisis Preparation and Response for Campus Leaders.  Sterling, VA:  Stylus Publishing, 2014. (With Diana Cordova)

On April 22, 2014 United Educators sponsored a webinar including the editors and contributors. United Educators' webinar is archived at the Edu Risk Solutions website.  CLICK HERE to access.


"Moving Up or Moving On: Women and Succession Planning.Women in Higher Education, Volume 22, Issue 12, December 2013, pp. 24-25.

"Indigenous Histories and Contemporary Realities." Art Calusa: Reflections on Representation. Fort Myers, FL: Lee Trust for Historic Preservation, 2013.

Presidents: Caught in the Middle. Washington, DC: American Council on Education, 2013. (With Alegneta Asfaw and Brandon Jackson)

“Remedying the Demographic Disconnect.”  Business Officer Volume 47, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 94-95

Leadership in Times of Crisis: "Cool Head, Warm Heart." Washington, DC:  American Council on Education, 2012.  (With Meredith S. Billings and Christopher J. Nellum)

Preserving the Future: ‘Green’ Campuses and the Politics of Change.In The Future of Higher Education. Edited by Gary A. Olson and John W. Presley. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2009. Reissued as paperback in 2011.  

"Flexibility in Faculty Careers.The Presidency. American Council on Education. Volume 13, Issue 1, 2010, pp. 20-24.

For a printable version of Dr. Bataille's bio


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