A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School
From the Dean
This year was a significant one in the history of the Jepson School. Together with the University of Richmond community and many friends and supporters, our faculty, staff, alumni and students celebrated 20 extraordinary years of teaching for and about leadership. We were fortunate to have wonderful celebrations and events throughout the year to mark this milestone. You can read about many of these in this issue of our newsletter or in our fall issue. Many of our alumni shared personal stories about where their Jepson education has taken them over the years. We couldn’t be more proud of them. We’re grateful to all who have contributed to the success of the School and we look forward to the next decade with great anticipation and a sense of purpose, to educate students to lead lives of moral consequence.
Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond
Jonathan Zur, ’03, works to promote tolerance and diversity as president and CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. He is the recipient of the Jepson School's Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award.
A fortuitous phone call resulted in students conducting leadership assessments for local organizations.
Václav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic, came to campus in April to deliver a talk. Vas Khomyk, ’14, had dinner with him.
University of Richmond professors Al Goethals and Scott Allison make the case that our most cherished heroes are also our most transforming leaders.
Jepson School students showcase research on topics ranging from leadership in films and the film industry to the government’s obligation to regulate food.
Dr. Laszlo Zsolnai, a visiting scholar from Poland, takes ecology, future generations and social responsibility into consideration to scrutinize choices business leaders make. He is spending the spring semester at the Jepson School.
Dr. Thad Williamson is the author of a report by the Richmond mayor’s anti-poverty commission that identifies ways city leaders can tackle poverty.
Top leadership scholars from around the world came to the Jepson School in February to discuss the future of leadership studies.
A new Jepson School program helps to prepare students for professional success and life after college.
A photo taken by Jack Mahoney, '14, is the winning entry for the Jepson School's study abroad photo contest.
A passion for leadership and travel brought Djole Hinic, '13, to Richmond from Belgrade, Serbia. A summer research grant gave him an opportunity to study the challenges faced by youth in his home country in the aftermath of the revolution of 2000.
Kylie McCreesh, ’13, will begin a graduate program this fall in intercultural service, leadership and management and then spend 27 months serving with the Peace Corps.
Thanks to ROTC, leadership studies and an internship with a local organization, Josiah Routhier, ’13, feels prepared to embark on a career in the military.
“Currently, I work with Fortune 100 companies, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions to identify and select leaders."
“From developing a new way to track and respond to citizen concerns at the Department of Justice to managing the logistical details of a high profile legal office at the Department of Homeland Security,” alumna uses skills she learned at Jepson.
"As an Army officer and trial attorney, I use my Jepson education on a daily basis."
"My constituents benefit every day from the many lessons I learned earning my degree in leadership studies at Jepson."
"While serving as a teacher may not be a particularly high-powered leadership position, it is one that I find immensely rewarding."
"As a consultant, it was my job to listen to the client's needs and provide them with recommendations and solutions that would increase the efficiency of and elevate their organization."
"In my personal and professional pursuits, I have leaned heavily on many of the principles of leadership that I learned at Jepson."
"The Jepson degree has centered me in the values prescribed in Jepson Hall even while my career has taken me around the globe."