The Jepson School of Leadership Studies brings together strong, dedicated students in its formation of the Jepson Corps, an emissary group of students who will serve to educate external parties on the benefits of a Jepson education.

The Corps has three goals: educate interested parties on Jepson; articulate the student experience and the value of the curriculum; and participate in processes that strengthen the Jepson School’s mission. 

One key responsibility of the Corps centers on relations with prospective students.  Jepson Corps members participate in informational sessions about admission to the Jepson School, Family Weekend events, and other opportunities where students can share firsthand what Jepson means to them. They will meet, dine, and communicate with prospective students interested in Jepson.

“It’s more meaningful to hear a Jepson student talk about the impact of the curriculum than to hear me,” said Jepson School Associate Dean Kerstin Soderlund. “It’s more tangible and feels more relevant to someone considering a Jepson education.”

Jepson Corps members also serve as an important link to new Jepson students. The Corps helps with new student orientation, the so-called Jepsonian Institute, an overview of the program by Terry L. Price, associate dean for academic affairs, with Soderlund, who oversees student and external affairs. As Soderlund puts it, “These students act as role models to students who have been accepted to Jepson, and are now ready to think about the Jepson experience and their place in it.”

Other responsibilities of the Jepson Corps stretch beyond the immediate present of the School. They aid in the interview process of candidates applying for faculty and staff positions at Jepson. Corps members also assist with alumni networking and attend alumni events.

Corps members serve at the invitation of the Jepson deans. Students are invited based on their academic performance and engagement in the Jepson, University, and/or Greater Richmond communities.

“Individuals who have completed their Jepson internship or research are attractive candidates,” Soderlund also said, “because they have experiences which have been enhanced through their leadership studies and can reflect on them to other parties.”

Current Jepson Corps members, and their graduation years, are:

  • Sarah Wallace (2011)
  • Rachel Steinberg (2011)
  • Ben Sommerfeld (20110
  • Ashley Miles (2011)
  • Kelly Landers (2011)
  • Hannah Hess (2011)
  • Lucas Hakkenberg (2012)
  • Melissa Collins (2011)
  • Alex Cramer (2010 December)

Jepson Corps will undoubtedly promote Jepson, but the experience also is a learning experience for its members.

Participation in the Corps helps develop public speaking skills, refine members' own perspectives on leadership and the benefits of a Jepson education, and hone their networking skills and build alumni relationships. Corps members will be recognized publically at Finale, the senior recognition and award ceremony.