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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.®
Elects New Head at 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting
Battles, Regional Director for the U. S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service, where he oversees eight southeastern states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi,North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Battles is a social justice leader who puts civil rights as a top priority. He has been involved in several high profile nationally recognized race related incidents. He has been recognized regionally and nationally for his work and has received numerous awards throughout his career.
Battles has been a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity for forty-two years and is affectionately known as a "brothers brother", who has demonstrated through his living and human compassion that community outreach and service are worthy endeavors and deserve high priority in his life.
Battles has been a stellar example of what the founders of the fraternity envisioned when they coined the mottos; "Achievement in every field of human endeavor", and "Training for Leadership". Rising through the ranks of the fraternity, he has earned the privilege of serving as the 33rd Grand Polemarch of the fraternity, the highest office a member can hold.
In his inaugural address, Battles launched four important initiatives: a partnership with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Kappa and NICHD will collaborate on Safe Sleep Kappa Fatherhood Initiative, to develop an educational outreach initiative to teach fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and other community stakeholders about the ways to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death; a recommitment to The Piney Woods School, in recognition of their outstanding service to the children of our nation; the creation of a fraternity endowment to provide resources and support to fraternity members who are senior citizens; and implementation of a commission on veteran and military affairs, to establish an internal advocacy group for our servicemen. These initiatives are consistent with Battles' dedication to the preservation of human life, especially to those who are least able to thrive without help from others.