A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School
From the Dean
This year marks a special occasion for us at the Jepson School – our 20th anniversary.
The Jepson School of Leadership Studies opened its doors 20 years ago to the first class of leadership studies students. That educational experiment has since borne much fruit. Our alumni are now scattered across the country and around the world. They work in medicine, politics, education, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and other spheres. They lead by example in their communities and in their careers. They take on positions of leadership in their companies and say they regularly apply lessons from classes such as Theories and Models, Group Dynamics and Leadership Ethics.
More than this, the Jepson “model” has spread by example. Colleges and universities across the country now offer leadership programs. We’re proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to building the next generation of leadership studies at Jepson.
We will celebrate this important milestone, the School’s 20th anniversary, next academic year. Stay tuned for information about events and opportunities to get involved!
Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond
After working in various roles at the University for more than a decade, Susan Taylor joins the Jepson School of Leadership Studies as the director of programs and budgets.
Experts in the fields of law, public policy and philosophy will examine the morality, legality and nature of assassination. The symposium will include a panel session, reception and keynote lecture.
Sheryl WuDunn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of the 2011-12 One Book, One Campus selection “Half the Sky,” spoke on campus as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
The Jepson School of Leadership Studies welcomes new students each year at Prelude, the ceremony by which they are formally inducted into the program.
Mark A. Menaldo, an associate professor in Texas A&M International University’s department of social sciences, is the recipient of the 2011 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Local businesses and nonprofit organizations are receiving a free leadership assessment from students enrolled in some sections of Theories and Models of Leadership.
Dr. Kristin Bezio uses literature, theater, film and even video games to help students explore how pop culture influences society and the way people think about issues of leadership and followership.
Julie Yermack’s photo is the winner of the third annual “Capturing the Jepson Spirit Abroad” contest. She snapped the photo while studying abroad in Thailand.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has named Douglas A. Hicks, professor of leadership studies and religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, the recipient of a 2012 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.
An article written by leadership studies professor Donelson R. Forsyth is being recognized as a “citation classic” by the Journal of Business Ethics.
Each month this fall, first-year students had the opportunity to meet with local leaders so they could “get a glimpse of how power in the city operates in practice.”
As the Jepson School of Leadership Studies prepares to celebrate 20 years, a new emissary group of alumni will work to strengthen ties and assist with special projects.
A new book in the “Jepson Studies in Leadership” series that looks at the nature, history and function of executive power includes a chapter by alumna Alison M. Smith, '05.
Paige Wigginton, '09, may have been born a leader, but it was the advice and example of people around her at Richmond that helped her decide to pursue a career in higher education.