Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
The Batten School was made possible by a generous gift from the late Frank Batten Sr. (Col ’50), one of the University’s most loyal supporters. His historic $100 million founding donation made during the capital campaign is the largest single gift in U.Va. history, and helped launch the first new school at the University since the Darden School of Business was established in 1955. In just a few short years, the school has met impressive milestones. The Batten School has graduated four classes from its innovative Accelerated Bachelor/Master of Public Policy program, the inaugural class of students in the two-year Master of Public Policy program graduated in May 2013, and the school’s inaugural undergraduate cohort — earning bachelor’s degrees in public policy and leadership — will graduate in 2014. The multimillion-dollar renovation of Garrett Hall was completed in 2011. The building stands as a fittingly impressive home for the Batten School, given its significance and prominent location near the historic Lawn.
Families’ Ideals Live On in Public Service Fellowships
The Bocock and Hitz Public Service Fellowship and Graduate Fund was created with generous gifts to provide need-based scholarships for Batten School students pursuing studies leading to careers in public service. The fund honors members of the Bocock and Hitz families, and the initial award went to two graduate students in 2011-12. Rob Panos (Col ’11, Batten ’12), an accelerated bachelor’s/MPP student, completed a summer internship with the U.S. State Department in the Dominican Republic. Addie Bryant (Batten ’13), a postgraduate MPP student, served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador before joining the inaugural postgraduate MPP class at the Batten School in fall 2011. Since those initial awards, seven other Batten students have received the Bocock and Hitz Public Service Fellowship.
Educating Leaders for Public Life
Many supporters showed a generous vote of confidence in the successful launch of the new Batten School. Mrs. Jane Batten, widow of the school’s founding benefactor, made two generous unrestricted gifts to fund three initiatives: student fellowships, global initiatives and faculty hires. Former U.Va. Rector John O. “Dubby” Wynne (Law ’71), who chairs the Batten School board of advisors, made a commitment toward a $5 million fund for the school’s first endowed chair in leadership. Batten School advisory board member Brian Siegel (Col ’91), a principal at Deloitte Consulting, worked with former U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (Law ’75), director of federal government affairs at Deloitte & Touche, to secure funding for graduate student fellowships.
Gifts at Work
Supporting Internships While Honoring a Legacy
A native of Haiti, Stephanie Jean-Charles (Col ’09) was earning her master’s degree from the Batten School when she died in the 2010 earthquake while returning to research her country’s educational system. Philanthropist Jane Batten (widow of Frank Batten Sr.) and Batten School Dean Harry Harding jointly established the Stephanie Jean-Charles Memorial Fund. Students, faculty and alumni have also contributed, and the classes of 2011 and 2012 even established an annual Batten Ball, which features a silent auction benefiting the fund. The first recipient was Caitlin Carr (Col ’11, Batten ’12), who used the fellowship award to support her 2011 summer internship with the U.Va. Center for Global Health. Carr joined Sarah Borchelt (Nurs ’12) as a research assistant to two nursing professors, Marianne Baernholdt and Cathy Campbell, who are directing a study of learning needs for community health workers caring for clients and their families in need of palliative care. The study took place in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, which has the second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country. The study was funded by a Deepening Global Education grant from U.Va.’s Center for International Studies.