Growing to new heights.
As the first new school at the University of Virginia in more than five decades, the Batten School's remarkable trajectory began with Frank Batten, Sr.'s historic founding gift.
Help to build upon that momentum.
The Batten School fulfills an important role in preparing young leaders to tackle 21st century challenges. The spring 2012 edition of Virginia Magazine includes a feature story detailing how Batten is building "A New Kind of Leader," taking a hands-on approach to developing enlightened and ethical leaders prepared for public life – in their communities, in their professions, in the world at large.
There are multiple opportunities to support the Batten School: Consider serving as a "client" for a student capstone project. Or hiring a Batten student as a summer intern. Or funding a Batten initative such as an overseas public service initiative through the Stephanie Jean-Charles Fund.
Provide scholarship support and internship opportunities
Batten School students focus on how leadership works and what actions lead to tangible results. They engage in rapid turn-around projects, field experiences, and simulations created by the policy experts who lead the faculty. To guarantee the Batten experience is available to all qualified students, the School is seeking critically needed funding for financial aid. To ensure the most inquisitive and diverse student body, we seek an endowed capacity to support future leaders. For admitted students, Batten is seeking resources for paid internship opportunities and for capstone projects – professional-quality studies conducted under faculty supervision by second-year students for real-world clients. To support students working with NGOs and nonprofits serving underprivileged communities, a gift to the Stephanie Jean-Charles fund, named after a Class of 2010 student who perished in the Haitian earthquake, will promote leadership in global public service organizations.
Recruit world-class professors and create endowed professorships
Batten faculty are committed to teaching rigorous analytical skills, understanding of political, social and economic context, and application of leadership best practices to initiate change. Our faculty study key policy issues such as education, health care, crime control, environment, refugee displacement, racial discrimination, as well as advocacy and the science of judgment, negotiation and leadership. Faculty research contributes to both the academy and ongoing policy debates. To attract cutting edge scholars, we require the means to compete as a public institution with limited state support. Our ability to grow our capacity to address on crucial issues requires additional resources in a highly competitive market
Support faculty research
We seek to establish a The Center for the Study of Psychology and Leadership. The Center’s threefold mission is to advance the empirically rigorous, scientific study of leadership behavior, to support teaching at the Batten School through new leadership courses and pedagogical innovations, and to offer public programs to disseminate research findings and lessons about leadership best practices to citizens and officials throughout the Commonwealth and the nation. The Center will play a key role in making the Batten School a center of excellence in leadership, an institution of impact, visibility and distinction.
Connect the Batten School to the world--bringing policy from our backyard to the international forefront
In the age of globalization, leadership is highly contextual. There are no hard and fast rules about how leadership translates from setting to setting or even from where it emanates. The Batten School trains students to be agents of change in a world where conventional playbooks don’t apply and uncertainty is a given. Students learn to think on their feet, look beyond boundaries, and uncover new opportunities. At Batten, they gain an advantage, and unique perspective, in understanding how psychology, economics, and other disciplines play a role in decision-making. Help train agents of change with depth of understanding and leadership resilience. Batten seeks funding for continued development of its global curriculum and for scholarship support for students interning or conducting research projects abroad. Funding is also desired to formalize a set of study abroad opportunities—both for undergraduates (year-round) and for Master of Public Policy students (during summer and January term).
Batten School funds
Increase unrestricted giving, including endowed contributions and gifts to the Batten Annual Fund.
Unrestricted funds will give Batten’s Dean Harry Harding the ability to recruit top students and distinguished faculty, and build the School's capacity and reputation.
Given our School's youth--and growth--there are many distinct opportunities to support the Batten School. For more on our campaign priorities and goals, endowment, and naming opportunities, visit the Campaign for the University of Virginia site.