A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

May 30, 2013

Sandra J. Peart

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

Jepson News
Jonathan Zur, '03Jepson School honors CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities with alumni recognition award

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. 

Assessing OrganizationsClass partners with local organizations to conduct leadership assessments

A fortuitous phone call resulted in students conducting leadership assessments for local organizations.

Dinner with a World Leader Former president of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus visits campus
Václav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic, came to campus in April to deliver a talk. Vas Khomyk, ’14, had dinner with him.
Heroic LeadershipProfessors profile heroes ranging from Lincoln to Lady Gaga to find our most transforming leaders

University of Richmond professors Al Goethals and Scott Allison make the case that our most cherished heroes are also our most transforming leaders.

Spotlight on Student ResearchSecond annual research symposium gives Jepson School students an opportunity to showcase their work

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 ZsolnaiVisiting scholar's research focuses on the need for responsible leadership in business

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 WilliamsonProfessor's passion for fighting poverty leads to an opportunity to work with city leaders and pen mayor's anti-poverty commission report
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.
The State of Leadership StudiesTop leadership scholars gather to discuss the future of the field
Top leadership scholars from around the world came to the Jepson School in February to discuss the future of leadership studies.
Intern InstituteJepson School launches program to give students an edge professionally

A new Jepson School program helps to prepare students for professional success and life after college.  

Friendship at the Feet of GiantsStudy abroad experience gives junior an unexpected journey through Middle-earth and winning entry for photo contest
A photo taken by Jack Mahoney, '14, is the winning entry for the Jepson School's study abroad photo contest.
Recent Graduates
Djole Hinic, '13 A passion for leadership brought senior from Belgrade to Richmond

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, '13A theory to practice model at Richmond leads senior to embark on a graduate program that will include serving in the Peace Corps
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.
Josiah Routhier, '13Army officer grateful for an internship that gave him an opportunity to practice leadership and give back to the community

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.

Alumni 20th Anniversary Stories
My Jepson Story: TR Straub, '06From Teach for America to corporate recruiting, alumnus relies on skills learned at Jepson
“Currently, I work with Fortune 100 companies, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions to identify and select leaders."
My Jepson Story: Alexandra Daddario Edwards, '06Jepson School solidified the importance of ethical leadership for alumna

“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.

My Jepson Story: Ethan McWilliams, '07Jepson education gave Army officer and trial attorney the confidence to lead an adventuresome life
"As an Army officer and trial attorney, I use my Jepson education on a daily basis."
Michael Stinziano, '02State representative credits internship with leading him to a career in public service
"My constituents benefit every day from the many lessons I learned earning my degree in leadership studies at Jepson."
My Jepson Story: Jennifer Loughnane, '11Fulbright Scholar applies leadership lessons to teaching career that has taken her around the world
"While serving as a teacher may not be a particularly high-powered leadership position, it is one that I find immensely rewarding."
My Jepson Story: Jessica Bigby, '04Federal consultant turned government employee applies concepts of servant leadership and transformational leadership
"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."
My Jepson Story: Maurice Henderson, '97  Alumnus puts theory to practice in a career in government
"In my personal and professional pursuits, I have leaned heavily on many of the principles of leadership that I learned at Jepson."
My Jepson Story: Raegan Williams Morris, '99Jepson gave alumna the confidence to expect more out of leaders and companies
"The Jepson degree has centered me in the values prescribed in Jepson Hall even while my career has taken me around the globe."

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Joanne Ciulla was elected president of international society of business, economics, and ethics

Sandra Peart was the moderator for LEAD VIRGINIA's "Conversations with Leaders: Women in Leadership" program.

Peter Kaufman received the Faculty Member of the Year Award given by the Richmond College Student Government Association.

Rev. Craig Kocher, University chaplain and lecturer in leadership studies, is the recipient of this year's Servant Leader Award.


Did You Know?

Students from the class of 2013 are heading to a variety of graduate schools and organizations such as Deloitte Consulting, Capital One, SunTrust, ICF International, Teach For America, Church Hill Activites and Tutoring and Wake Forest University School of Law.