|Senior Grand Vice Polemarch's Biography|
Brother Thomas L. Battles, Jr. serves as the Senior Grand Vice Polemarch (SGVP). In the role of SGVP, Brother Battles serves as Chairman of both the Council of Province Polemarchs and Council of Senior Vice Province Polemarchs. Brother Battles serves on the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation as Chairman of the Nominations and Elections Committee.
He provides leadership to ensure that programs of the Grand Polemarch are implemented through the Province leadership. His experience has led him to serve as Chairman, Constitution & Statutes Committee, Board Representative, Membership Review Status Commission and Member Hearings & Appeals Board. He also serves as a Board Member in the Southern Province, Member of the Province Life Membership Committee, and the Province Investment Committee. Brother Battles is a Life Member. He was initiated at Florida A&M University through the Alpha Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on May 11, 1973. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Jonesboro (GA) Alumni Chapter.
Brother Battles currently serves as Regional Director, Southeast Region, with the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service in Atlanta, Georgia. This region serves the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Prior to his appointment as Regional Director, he served as Field Office Manager in the Miami Field Office for more than 19 years. He has assisted cities in addressing racial issues stemming from immigration conflicts, police shootings, community disturbances, and riots. Recently, Brother Battles received national attention for his work in responding to the crisis involving the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Brother Battles was credited with bringing pastors together to help with the conciliation process after the incident caused international attention in February 2012.
Brother Battles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology & Corrections and a Masters Degree in Applied Social Science. He has served as a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), NAACP, Urban League of Greater Miami, Mentor-5000 Role Models of Excellence, President-Miami Federal Credit Union, past Chairman and Member of the Metro Dade Cultural Affairs Council. He also served as Minister of Stewardship at his home church, Bethel Apostolic Temple, Inc. He holds a Certificate in Theology from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Agape International Ministries, where he serves on the finance committee and other ministries.