A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

February 15, 2012
Sandra J. Peart

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

Jepson News
Susan TaylorDirector of programs and budgets is playing to her strengths

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 to grapple with "The Ethics of Assassination" in March 27 symposium

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.

Game Changers Jepson Leadership Forum: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn discusses gender inequity

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.

Charting a Unique CourseCeremony marks the start of a new academic journey for Jepson School's largest class to date
The Jepson School of Leadership Studies welcomes new students each year at Prelude, the ceremony by which they are formally inducted into the program.
Jepson School names 2011 Jablin Dissertation Award winner
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.
Faculty & Student News
Assessing LeadershipClasses partner with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to conduct leadership assessments

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 BezioProfessor looks at leadership through literature and the arts

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, '13Study abroad experience leads to winning photo and a new understanding of grassroots organizing

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.

Jepson School professor Doug Hicks wins 2012 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award

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.

Journal of Business Ethics names professor's article a classic
An article written by leadership studies professor Donelson R. Forsyth is being recognized as a “citation classic” by the Journal of Business Ethics.
Studying RichmondStudents get an in-depth look at the history, politics of the city
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.”
Alumni News
Jepson Alumni CorpsNew emissary alumni group works to strengthen ties, share the Jepson story
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.
Alumna contributes to Jepson Studies in Leadership book on executive power

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, '09Leadership studies alumna makes a career of serving college students
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.

Connect with the Jepson School

Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn

Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and update your information.


Did you know that you can donate directly to the Jepson School and support the School in a variety of ways? If you would like to get involved or learn more about how your support can help improve the programs and opportunities the Jepson School offers students, email Dean Peart.


-Crystal Hoyt's research on role models mentioned in Psychology Today
-Gill Robinson Hickman is retiring this spring
-Doug Hicks named provost and dean of the faculty at Colgate University
-Tom Wren received a 2011 Distinguished Educator Award

More faculty in the news



Blair Brandt, '10, was recently named to Forbes Magazine's Top 30 under 30 list for his work in real estate.
Camille Cade Hammond, '97, was the keynote speaker at the University of Richmond's Connecting Women of Color Conference this month.
Cabell Childress, '98, a realtor in Richmond, recently appeared on HGTV's "House Hunters." 

More alumni news