About News Dean Ian Solomon: “Today, again, I am overwhelmed with grief and rage…" Jun 02, 2020 Ian Solomon Dean Ian Solomon: “Today, again, I am overwhelmed with grief and rage…" A personal message from Ian H. Solomon, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia Painting credit: Brian CarlsonToday, again, I am overwhelmed with grief and rage. I want to name the victims for whom I mourn and in whose names I seek justice. Names humanize and offer a face and a story and web of loving relationships, now extinguished. Names prevent us from being numbed by statistics or the anonymity of strangers. So today, again, I honor Mr. George Floyd, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, and Ms. Breonna Taylor. I honor their lives that ended too soon, pray for their families who will carry this grief for too long, and acknowledge their humanity as victims of an unjust system. May their memories be a blessing and an inspiration. Of course, these victims were among the rare cases where the deaths were witnessed or caught on camera. A tragic irony is that by mentioning individual names, we both personalize our nation’s collective catastrophe and minimize it. Read full article in Medium Ian H. Solomon Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than 40 countries. The Batten School has the distinction of being the only school of public policy administration in the U.S. that is explicitly committed to teaching leadership. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. Read full bio Related Content Ian H. Solomon The Batten School Announces 2020-21 Recipients of the Bocock and Hitz Public Service Fellowship News Today, the Batten School announced the nine student recipients of the Bocock and Hitz Public Service Fellowship for 2020-21. Through the generosity of Mary Buford and Fred Hitz, the fellowship was established in 2012 to support exceptional students in MPP program who are dedicated to creating positive change in their public service careers. Racial Equity Task Force Discusses Steps Forward, Learning From Past Recommendations News The public session of the University’s Racial Equity Task Force featuring Dean Solomon occurred virtually Friday, over one month after a group of Black student activists and the Black Student Alliance sent separate list of demands to the task force.