Faculty & Staff Directory

Anne Carter Mulligan

Anne
Carter Mulligan

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Garrett Hall 106

Anne Carter Mulligan joined Batten in January 2019 as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. She’s held multiple roles in higher education, most recently as Director of Strategic Initiatives in Enrollment Management at Longwood University, where she led projects designed to enrich the student experience and provide a seamless path from recruitment to graduation.

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Amanda Crombie

Amanda
Crombie

Assistant Dean for Academic Programs

Amanda Crombie is the Batten School’s Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and is responsible for academic advising, course scheduling and enrollment as well as curriculum management for the School.

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George Foresman

George
Foresman

NSPC Executive Director & Senior Advisor

Garrett Hall L056

George Foresman has over three decades of leadership experience in government and business. While serving as Virginia’s homeland security secretary, Foresman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

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Melissa Henrickson

Melissa
A.
Henriksen

NSPC Director of Operations and Research Initiatives

Garrett Hall L056

Melissa A. Henriksen serves as Director of Operations and Research Initiatives in the National Security Policy Center. Drawing on 20+ years of experience overseeing a wide array of university research activities, many with a focus on national security and defense, she provides expertise in strategic planning, program and project management, research development, and education, training, and engagement. Melissa holds a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and is a certified project management professional.

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Steve Hiss

Steve
Hiss

Director of Career Services and Alumni Engagement

A lifelong public servant, Steve’s interest in the Batten School not only stems from his own career in the public service, but also the former and current Batten students with whom he has worked in his position as the Commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Virginia.

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Marrissa Jones

Marrissa
Jones

Social Equity Advisor

Garrett Hall L060

Marrissa Jones (she, her, hers) is the Social Equity Advisor at The University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Ms. Jones is passionate about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education- as demonstrated through her numerous leadership roles during her time as an undergraduate at UVA. Most notably, Ms. Jones is the co-founder of 'Hoos First Look', a fly-in program aimed at recruiting high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school students into UVA. Ms. Jones has previous education consulting experience at The Lewin Group, where she worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Office of Head Start Monitoring and Evaluation contract.

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Erinn Lauterbach

Erinn
Lauterbach

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Center for Effective Lawmaking

Garrett Hall L060

I am currently a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Center for Effective Lawmaking in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. I received my PhD in American Politics from the University of California, Riverside, in June 2020.

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Craig Lindqvist

Craig
Lindqvist

Associate Dean for Administration

(434) 981-5664

With an outstanding record of accomplishment in strategy, finance, technology, and other administrative functions, Lindqvist comes to the Batten School from CFA Institute, a global association of investment management professionals, where he served in a variety of senior leadership roles overseeing organizational planning and financial management, financial operations, market intelligence and business analytics, procurement, payroll, and other functions.

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Claire Oto

Claire
Oto

Policy Research and Writer

Internship Program Coordinator
Garrett Hall L056

Claire Oto is a policy researcher and writer at the NSPC. She also coordinates the Center’s internship program. Prior to joining Batten, she was a communications specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy.  Claire earned an M.P.P in Space and National Security from George Washington University and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California San Diego.

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Jieun Pai

Jieun
Pai

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jieun Pai researches social hierarchy and conflict resolution. Specifically, her research seeks to provide insight into how people can satisfy their need for status in teams and organizations harmoniously. Pai received her Ph.D. in Management and Organization from Anderson School of Management at UCLA and holds M.A. in Human Resources from University of Minnesota and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from KAIST, South Korea.

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John Robinson

John
Robinson

NSPC Director of Academic Programs

John Robinson is the NSPC’s Director of Academic Programs. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on national security, including Innovating for Defense, an experiential course that pairs student teams with sponsors from the Department of Defense (DoD) to solve real-world national security problems. His research interests include international security and naval affairs.

John holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia, and a M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College.   

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Jill Rockwell

Jill
Rockwell

Senior Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services

Jill oversees the administrative units of student affairs, and career services, working with the other members of the student services team to strengthen students’ co-curricular and career-related experiences at the Batten School.

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Ian Solomon

Ian
H.
Solomon

Dean and Professor of Practice of Public Policy

Garrett Hall 200

Ian H. Solomon is dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he leads a multidisciplinary faculty in creating new knowledge and developing leaders who can solve humanity’s greatest policy challenges. Trained as a lawyer, Solomon is a devoted student and teacher of both negotiation and conflict resolution.

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Katie
Straight

Assistant Director of Graduate Academic Programs

Katie Straight joined Batten following 15 years of diverse, cross-sector non-profit, international NGO, and consulting experience. Her previous work in global development and poverty reduction was largely focused on stakeholder management and communications, capacity development, strategic program design, and impact evaluation. She is passionate about supporting adult learning, strategic and sustainable organizational growth, and organization-wide leadership development. A UVA alum, Katie received a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. in International Education Policy from Harvard. In concert with her role as Assistant Director of Graduate Academic Programs, Katie serves as an adjunct lecturer of global development policy at Batten.

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Starrie Williamson

Starrie
Williamson

Assistant Director of Web Design and Development

Starrie Williamson is a native of the Mid-atlantic region of the United States and has worked at design agencies, educational software companies, and universities in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, VA.

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