The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted recently to allow A&T Chancellor Stanley F. Battle to go on “research leave” from July 1 to Dec. 31. Battle has resigned from his position, effective June 30, citing “personal and family reasons. Battle who came to A&T from Coppin State had only served as A&T chancellor for less than two years.
While on leave, he would continue to receive his chancellor’s salary of $273,156 a year, a decision that has caused considerable controversy.
Battle would then return to A&T in January as a full-time tenured faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, where he would teach, receiving an appropriate salary for that position.
The announcement comes as A&T is cutting 66 positions. With the recent appoint of Harold Martin as the new A&T chancellor, the university would be forced to pay two chancellors' salaries for six months.
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