Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy



Address:  Garrett Hall
235 McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400893
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4893
Phone:  434-924-0812

The Batten School is led by Dean Allan Stam. Before joining the Batten School he was the Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states.


In 2007 Frank Batten, Sr., chairman and CEO of Landmark Communications, Inc., founder of The Weather Channel, dedicated $100 million for the creation of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

“Never has there been a greater need for the University’s most important product: enlightened and ethical leaders who leave Grounds prepared for public life—in their communities, in their professions, in the world at large.”FRANK BATTEN, SR.

Batten, a forward-thinking philanthropist committed to supporting educational initiatives and serving the public good, saw an urgent need for a new generation of leaders who could affect transformational change. He emphasized leadership as one of the key skills required for success in the field of public policy. “Talented public leaders are needed from a range of professional backgrounds. It is critical to get younger people excited about the responsibilities and opportunities of public service in all its manifestations,” Batten said. “The earlier in their careers that exceptional students begin to think of themselves as future public leaders who can promote a better society, the greater the likelihood they will become such leaders.”

“Leadership and team-building skills have an extraordinary multiplier effect on policy and organizational outcomes. They often are the crucial difference separating success from failure, accounting for when the best policies and practices emerge.

My own work, first in the U.S. military and then as an academic, demonstrates that civil society leaders and security policymakers alike must work as a team to achieve their community’s goals and that leaders and the strategies they adopt are the most powerful drivers shaping the world around us.

Three pillars supporting Batten’s evolution are clear: (1) cementing leadership and team-building best practices into our curriculum and policy outreach, (2) establishing Garrett Hall as a national locus of evidence-based policy research, and (3) teaching advanced policy analysis skills to UVA’s extraordinary studen

Research Centers

We value cross-disciplinary collaboration. Our centers reflect the core research distinctions of our faculty’s expertise.

A joint collaboration with Vanderbilt University, the Center for Effective Lawmaking holds our representatives in Congress accountable for real results by clearly demonstrating each individual members’ effectiveness in moving legislation forward
The mission of the Global Policy Center is to promote and deepen global teaching and research at the Batten School.
The National Security Policy Center facilitates informed communication and strategic clarity by engaging with pressing national security concerns, combined with innovative education and training programs.
SE@UVA brings together the best of the University’s public service mission, world-class professional schools, and critical liberal arts training through a pan-University social entrepreneurship initiative.
The Center for Health Policy is a joint program of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Working in close collaboration with Batten faculty members, a collection of new, customized simulation models and games will be designed and developed to create a set tools for the Batten curriculum.
The Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness is a joint collaboration between the Curry School of Education and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.


Meet Esteban Santos, an International Student Leader
June 6, 2016 by Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

When Esteban Santos visited the University of Virginia from his home country of Colombia, he knew where he wanted to study – the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Learn about his experiences and opportunities as a student.

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