As Vice President, School Field Services & Equity and Justice, Harold Eugene (Gene) Batiste III provides leadership in the creation and implementation of products and services that develop independent school leaders and inclusive independent school communities.
Gene Batiste came to NAIS the summer of 2000 after serving as Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director at Crossroads School (MO). Prior to that, he was a faculty member and student dean at St. Mark’s School of Texas. At St. Mark’s, Gene also directed the Robert E. Dennard Visiting Scholars Program, and directed the school’s diversity efforts as Director of Intercultural Affairs from 1990 through 1999. From 1985-1990 Gene was the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Hillcrest High School in Dallas, where he also taught. For seven summers he served as Headmaster of the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) program at the University of North Texas, a dropout prevention program for at-risk youth.
In addition to his service on numerous boards, Gene was a principal artist and chorister with The Dallas Opera for 19 years. He holds a B.S. degree in the social sciences, magna cum laude, from Wiley College (a historically black college), and an M.Ed. degree, Phi Delta Kappa, in secondary education and public school administration from North Texas State University. In 2012, Gene earned an Ed.D. in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Batiste’s dissertation study concentrated on the concept of relational trust during the first year of headship in independent schools.