Global Conference 2010
U.S. Ambassador to the African Union
Michael Battle is the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union. He was previously president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, where he emphasized the links between U.S. churches and other nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations and government entities. Battle served as vice president of the American Committee on Africa from 1994 to 1998, participated in 1994 as an election observer for the first free election in South Africa and served as a board member of the United Negro College Fund. Battle has been vice president at Chicago State University, associate vice president at Virginia State University and university chaplain at Hampton University. A chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, he eventually retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Battle received a bachelor′s degree from Trinity College, a master of divinity degree from Duke University and a doctor of ministry degree from Howard University.