ECC names new chief finance officer


Debbie Batten


From Contributed Reports

Friday, March 15, 2019

Debbie Batten, who has more than 30 years of accounting experience in educational, governmental and private organizations, has been named vice president of finance and administrative services at Edgecombe Community College.

Batten has served as controller at ECC since July 2017. Prior to joining the college, she served as associate director of state aid with the N.C. Community College System in Raleigh. She also worked as assistant controller at Johnston Community College in Smithfield.

In her new position at ECC, Batten will direct the college’s financial and physical plant operations.

“We are very pleased that Ms. Batten has agreed to take on a new role at Edgecombe Community College,” said ECC President Greg McLeod. “She has an ideal blend of experience in the community college landscape, first at Johnston Community College, then with the system office and finally here at ECC. “She has contributed significantly to the success of the college in the last several years, and her expertise in fiscal management will continue to advance the college.”

Batten is a community college graduate, having received an associate degree from Johnston Community College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business education from East Carolina University.

“I truly believe in the vision and mission of the college, and I believe this position will afford me the opportunity to help the college fulfill its mission,” Batten said. “There are many exciting changes taking place in the coming months with the new Center for Innovation and the Kingsboro Training Center. I look forward to working with the staff, faculty, and community to realize the goals of the college.”

In addition to her experience with community colleges, Batten has served in accountant capacities with the town of Selma,  the state Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development; The Discovery School in Dickson, Tenn., and Horizon Medical Center, also in Dickson.