Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille was the 14th president of the University of North Texas (2006-2010). Dr. Bataille was originally from Indiana. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Her doctorate in English was earned at Drake Universilty. Dr. Bataille had previously served as the chief academic officer of the University of North Carolina system. From 2005 to 2006 she was also the interim chancellor of UNC’s North Carolina School of the Arts. Dr. Bataille was a tenured professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill. Among her previous positions were: provost and academic vice president at Washington State University; chair of the English Department at Washington State University; acting associate dean of instruction at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona; and English faculty at Iowa State University.