A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Jepson School

The Jepson Update

October 30, 2012

Sandra J. Peart

From the Dean

The Jepson School opened its doors in 1992. This year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of the past two decades and looking ahead to the future.

We were fortunate to have Bob and Alice Jepson, whose vision and generous gift enabled the creation of the School, come to campus in September. Their visit took place the same week the School opened 20 years ago and was the first of several events we have planned in honor of the 20th anniversary.

The Jepson Leadership Forum, which we are calling “Groundbreakers,” is off to a good start, and the Jepson Alumni Corps, chaired by Greg Efthimiou, ’99, and Allison Marsh Bogdanovic, ’01, is hard at work on several initiatives. The School will admit its 21st class during Prelude, our formal induction ceremony.

I’m proud to say that we have done much during the past two decades to enhance the understanding of leadership and to create citizens who know how to take an active role in society. Even as we celebrate 20 years, though, we know one thing for sure.

We’re just getting started.

Sandra J. Peart

Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

Jepson News
Jepson School Turns 20 A milestone for the nation's first undergraduate school of leadership studies
The University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies has changed the landscape in leadership studies education.
Václav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, to headline Jepson School's Marshall Center Lecture Series

The series opens Oct. 19 with a talk by Emily Chamlee-Wright on “Expectations of Government’s Intent and Government’s Capacity to Do Good.”  

TIME Magazine columnist Joe Klein to open Jepson Leadership Forum on Groundbreakers Sept. 19
TIME Magazine columnist and bestselling author Joe Klein will open the 2012-13 Jepson Leadership Forum Sept. 19, 7 p.m. The 2012-13 Forum season highlights Groundbreakers: People, Ideas, and Innovations That Changed the World."
Harry Potter and the Marauder's RoadmapMischief managed in first-year Jepson short course
Entering first-year students explored bad leadership through the world of Harry Potter in a Roadmap short course.
Lindsay Hudson, '14Internship in Tanzania gives rising junior an opportunity to practice leadership and healthcare in a different culture
An internship in Tanzania gives Lindsay Hudson, ’14, a chance to experience and practice leadership and healthcare in a different culture.
Faculty News
Jepson School welcomes four faculty members
A political theorist, historian, philosopher and management expert join the Jepson School this fall as full-time members of the faculty.
Dr. Tom WrenRetiring educator made his mark looking at leadership through the ages

Dr. Tom Wren, a renowned historian, dedicated teacher and inaugural faculty member of the Jepson School, is retiring after the fall semester.

Alumni 20th Anniversary Stories
My Jepson Story: Suezy Keller, '06Jepson prepared me to be a servant leader in my role as a consultant for the federal goverment
"My Jepson experience has given me a strong respect for what it means to be a servant leader regardless of the outside pressures or situation."
My Jepson Story: Kelly Landers, '11Jepson pushed me to view the world through a lens that prioritizes justice, fairness and leadership
"My Jepson education pushed me to view the world through a lens that prioritizes justice, fairness and leadership, and that colors the way that I interact with others in any situation."
My Jepson Story: Braxton Bragg, '06Jepson instilled a sense of responsibility for teams, companies and institutions
"My Jepson degree has served to instill in me a sense of responsibility for commitment to the success of my teams, companies and institutions. I cannot sit idly by on the sidelines while others carry the burden. Also, it has given me perspective on my own strengths as a leader and how to effectively apply them."
My Jepson Story: Greg Efthimiou, '99Jepson prepared me to lead a team of public relations professionals
"I can say with complete certainty that I would not be where I am today without the incredible foundation of a degree in leadership studies. My Jepson School experience has opened doors for me at every turn."
My Jepson Story: Mark Hickman, '07Jepson prepared me to manage ConnectRichmond and serve as a community leader
"The Jepson principles of service to society, social justice and leadership development are lived out every day here. Group dynamics, ethics and situational leadership regularly come into play as we collaborate and partner with various individuals and entities."

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Check out the special 20th anniversary section of the Jepson website to see how you can get involved. Alumni initiatives include student engagement, story collection, and a 20th Anniversary Fund that will help current and future students experience leadership firsthand.


Crystal Hoyt: Todd Akin, Claire McCaskill and the catch-22 of the 'ladylike' leader (Washington Post, Opinion)

Thad Williamson: Goodbye, Mr. Goodell. Williamson writes on N.F.L. leadership and calls for resignation of league commissioner (The New York Times, Opinion)

Joanne Ciulla discusses "town hall" presidential debate format (NBC 12)



Congratulations to Samuel J. Kaufman, '99, an alumnus of the Jepson School and URAA president, who has been named to Style Weekly’s annual list of Top 40 Under 40.

Blair Brandt, '10, CEO of The Next Step Realty, visited campus Oct. 9 to discuss making a startup a success.