A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School
From the Dean
As we pass the halfway mark in 2014 and enter the languid days of summer, it is appropriate to reflect on the academic year just finished and the one ahead. I am proud of all that we accomplished this year, thanks in no small measure to you—our alumni, friends and supporters. You offered your time, ideas and support to enrich the School and the experiences of Jepson students. I am truly grateful.
In the fall, a new assistant professor will join the Jepson family. Historian Ernesto Semán specializes in leadership and politics in Latin America, U.S. foreign policy and the Cold War. We hope you will stop by to meet and welcome him if you are on campus. We will also welcome Anna Gryaznova and Hui Zhao. Gryaznova is an associate professor and associate dean of academic programs and international relations at Moscow State University. She will join us as part of our Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar Program in Leadership and Ethics. Zhao received her doctorate from Harvard University and will join us as the Marshall Center’s visiting research fellow.
The 2014-15 Jepson Leadership Forum, "Into the Fray: Global Perspectives on Conflict," promises to be exciting and timely. In the classroom, I am looking forward to broadening the focus of my Leadership and Economic Policy course. It’s shaping up to be a busy year. I’m looking forward to it.
Best wishes for the rest of your summer and the year ahead,
Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond
A new portrait hanging in Jepson Hall honors the benefactors of the nation’s first undergraduate school of leadership studies.
The Jepson School of Leadership Studies presented awards to Matthew B. Zemon,’94, Timothy M. Bezbatchenko,’04, Robert S. Jepson, Jr., B’64, GB’75, H’87, and Alice Andrews Jepson.
E. Bruce Heilman, university chancellor, gave the keynote address at Finale, the Jepson School's senior recognition ceremony.
Leadership studies professor Christopher von Rueden is spending two months in the Bolivian Amazon to study status hierarchy and leadership in a small-scale society.
Rare access to Aboriginal Australian tribal lands while studying abroad opens door to deep cultural learning for leadership studies major.
Generational poverty is a notoriously complex issue for Richmond. Having the city’s low-income residents at the policy table will be key to unraveling it.
Mike Blodgett, ’14, plans to put his leadership and public speaking skills to work in Cambodia as a volunteer with the Peace Corps.
Research on leadership and the liberal the arts gave Shaye Ellis, ’14, a greater appreciation for her undergraduate education. Now she is putting her skills to work in the world of marketing and advertising.
Start an organization to fight famine in Somalia. Conduct research. Spread South Asian culture on campus. Make the most of her four years at Richmond. Check.