A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

April 22, 2014

Sandra J. Peart

From the Dean

The tulips are blooming in Stern Plaza—a signal that it is time to celebrate the achievements of the graduating Jepson class. The class of 2014, an extraordinary group of seniors, will commence their life away from the Jepson School and the University in a few short weeks. We began saying goodbye at senior banquet a few weeks ago. We also recently showcased a record number of research projects at the Jepson Research Symposium on such topics as the moral responsibility of followers and leadership in health care. Students will defend their honors theses soon. Dr. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of the University, will give the keynote address at Finale, our senior recognition and award ceremony.

We also look forward to seeing more alumni than ever at Reunion Weekend. This year we add another reunion year, bringing our total to four. We will host a reception during Reunion Weekend and unveil a specially commissioned portrait of Bob and Alice Jepson, the School’s benefactors, during that joyful time. Feel free to join us for the festivities—and know that you are always welcome to stop by or send an email for conversations and updates.

Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

Leadership and CultureJepson School facilitates yearlong series of events about cultural leadership

How we influence culture and how culture leads and transforms us is the focus of a yearlong series of events hosted by the Jepson School.

Mayor names Jepson professor Thad Williamson to anti-poverty post
Thad Williamson will take a leave of absence from his academic post to become Richmond's first director of the Office of Community Wealth Building.
Symphorien Ntibagirirwa International visiting scholar is focusing his research on corporate governance through the African philosophy of Ubuntu
The Jepson School’s visiting international scholar is conducting research on how the African philosophy of Ubuntu could play an important role in corporate governance.
Jepson Research SymposiumStudents showcase research on topics ranging from unethical leadership to wealth inequality

Jepson School students showcase research on the unethical behavior of leaders, leadership in health care, wealth inequality and more at the third annual Jepson Research Symposium.

Civil rights and public policy leader is spring leader-in-residence at Jepson School

Gary L. Flowers, a leader in civil rights issues and public policy formation, will serve as leader-in-residence at University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies during spring 2014.

New edition of Jepson professor's "Work" book features a case study written by two former students
The third edition of a book co-edited by leadership studies professor Joanne Ciulla includes work by Emily Black, ’12, and Miriam Eapen, ’12.
Jepson School's Ethics Bowl team competes in national competition

The Jepson School’s Ethics Bowl team, coached by Jessica Flanigan, Javier Hidalgo and Terry Price, advanced to the national competition.

Politics as a Vocation?Harvard Law professor and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican speaks at Jepson School as part of the Marshall Center Lecture Series

Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard Law professor and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, was on campus to discuss the challenges leaders face and the idea of politics as a vocation.

Sandra Peart named president of the International Adam Smith Society
Sandra J. Peart, dean of University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies, will serve a three-year term.
Jepson Study Abroad Photo ContestJunior sees leadership 'at world's end'

Emily Morse, ’15, snapped a photo when she saw leadership in action in Argentina and took first place in the 2014 Jepson Study Abroad Photo Contest. 

Rose Wynn, '14 Internship leads to an unexpected job offer and a busy senior year

An internship leads to an unexpected job offer for Rose Wynn, ’14, and a request to work part-time this year. Now she is successfully juggling work, research and classes, all while enjoying her senior year.

Laura DelPrato, '14Opening doors through an internship at Disney ABC Television Group

DelPrato is a leadership studies major with a passion for photography and she landed an internship at Disney ABC Television Group that gave her the perfect opportunity to combine her two interests.

Tim Bezbatchenko, '04Alumnus is playing to his strengths as general manager of a professional sports team

Tim Bezbatchenko, ’04, is using his leadership studies and economics knowledge to score big as the new general manager of major league soccer franchise Toronto FC.  

Jepson EDGE InstituteProgram draws on alumni experience to prepare students for the professional world and life after college

After a successful pilot program last year, the new Jepson E.D.G.E. Institute gives students an opportunity to connect with alumni to network and gain valuable professional skills.  

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Women and Leadership: A Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dean Sandra Peart
Washington, D.C., April 30
New York, May 1

Reunion Weekend:
May 30-June 1
Jepson Reception and Portrait Unveiling;
President's Breakfast and Alumni Awards;
Alumni College Session #4, Dr. Kristin Bezio
“From Shakespeare to Hunger Games: TV, Film, and Questions of Leadership”


Jepson faculty recently wrote opinion pieces or were quoted on topics such as heroes, the ethics of General Motors, leadership in sports, diversity in video games, whether obesity should be labeled a disease, March Madness, Mandela, and more. Opinions and interviews

Dr. Julian Hayter received the Faculty Member of the Year Award at the Richmond College Leadership Awards Dinner.


Christopher Poulous, '97, was named Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow.

Allison Marsh Bogdanovic, '01, executive director of Virginia Supportive Housing, was a featured decision maker in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Blair Brandt, '10, was featured on Bloomberg Television discussing the growth of his company The Next Step Realty.

Natasha Levanti, '12, wrote an article on European political leadership for European Public Affairs.

Emily Black, '12, and Miriam Eapen, '12, had work included in a book by Jepson professor Joanne Ciulla. 

Dani Camous, '13, project manager at Capital One, was the keynote speaker at the School's senior banquet.