Birmingham-Southern recently honored the contributions that University of Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle III has made to the college’s athletics program by naming the field at Panther Stadium on campus after him.
The naming of Battle Field was announced at the college earlier this summer.
“This is a well-deserved recognition,” said BSC President Gen. Charles C. Krulak. “Bill Battle’s contributions to the college’s athletics program are vast.”
He is just one member of the Battle family who has served and/or supported Birmingham-Southern for many years. His father, the late William Raines Battle Jr. ’30, was BSC’s athletics director from 1952-74 and a professor of physical education; he was inducted into the inaugural class of the BSC Sports Hall of Fame program in 1981 and the coliseum on campus is named in his honor.
Other members of the Battle family with Birmingham-Southern ties include the late Dr. Jean Allen Battle ’36, a longtime educator and the first dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida; the late Laurie Battle ’34, BSC Sports Hall of Fame member and four-term U.S. representative from Alabama; and Mary Virginia Battle Mudd, who attended BSC from 1943-44.