A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The third edition of a book co-edited by leadership studies professor Joanne Ciulla includes work by Emily Black, ’12, and Miriam Eapen, ’12.
The Jepson School’s Ethics Bowl team, coached by Jessica Flanigan, Javier Hidalgo and Terry Price, advanced to the national competition.
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 J. Peart, dean of University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies, will serve a three-year term.
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.
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.
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, ’04, is using his leadership studies and economics knowledge to score big as the new general manager of major league soccer franchise Toronto FC.
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.