Leaders are only as strong as their team. Dr. Kiana Battle, Dean, Career Programs, knows the power of teamwork and credits her coworkers with helping her receive the Vernon O. Crawley Leadership Award.

Battle became the dean in 2014 after a brief stint as assistant dean. In her role, she oversees the day-to-day operation of the department, which includes a number of big programs such as Nursing, Health Sciences and Mechanical Technologies. She works closely with department chairs and the assistant dean, Dr. LoShay Willis—the Robin to her Batman—and collaborates with employees around campus. She has overseen 12 accreditations including Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology and Automotive Technology, and basically makes sure the programs have everything they need to help students succeed.

Most recently, Battle worked with the Title III Strengthening Institutions grant to help launch the Basic Nursing Assistant Training program at the Education Center at Blue Island. She also successfully gathered information required to satisfy Category I of the Higher Learning Commission self-study, advocated for the new Patient Care Technician and Computed Tomography certificates and helped plan the 2018 retention conference.

“As the dean of Career Programs, the variety of activities, projects and programs she manages requires exceptional organizational skills and the ability to give balanced and effective attention to many projects and responsibilities simultaneously,” said her nominator. “Working with a high output and high performing subdivision, Dr. Battle has been able to provide the knowledge, diligence and administrative support needed to assist in providing continued quality service to Moraine Valley students, faculty, staff and the college.”

When not serving on committees or working on programs, Battle is encouraging her staff to take advantage of growth and development opportunities while keeping the office full of laughter. There’s never a dull moment, and she enjoys her job.

“The best part of my job is the opportunity to work with very smart, innovative professionals and leaders in their respective areas who are passionate about their industries. They’ve come up with some fabulous ideas and have a quick turnaround to get work done,” she said. “I also like the opportunity to see our program completers participate in pinning ceremonies and graduations. To see them get their pins and know they’re entering their careers, it’s nice to see the fruits of their labor. That’s the reason we’re here.”

Although she has no shortage of tasks and work to do, Battle credits her coworkers for her success.

“The Executive Leadership Team and Dr. Pam Haney have offered a lot of support. Moraine Valley has a lot of resources on campus, which has helped me,” she said. “It’s an honor and blessing to receive this award. I’m excited and humbled. I wouldn’t have received this type of award if not for my team: the department chairs, assistant dean, secretary, faculty and staff. We work very well together. I am not Career Programs. When I first was informed of the honor, I told my staff it was our award. I may be the person responsible for this area, but it’s not possible if not for the team.”