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Welcome to the Jepson School

The Jepson School is the first institution of its kind in the world with a full-time, multidisciplinary faculty dedicated to the pursuit of new insights into the complexities and challenges of leadership and to teaching undergraduates what they know.

Encouraging students to lead lives of consequence

Jepson students study leadership not only as a position but also as a process and a relationship among people. Courses challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively, and anticipate change. 

Advancing scholarship

The Jepson faculty draws upon a rich variety of disciplines to gain insight into leadership studies. In addition to teaching students, faculty members contribute to leading academic journals, author textbooks and monographs, and serve as resources for media.

Enhancing public understanding

The Jepson School is dedicated to advancing the dialogue around leadership studies by hosting visitors and speakers from wide-ranging backgrounds. Many of these events, such as the Jepson Leadership Forum series and the Marshall Center Lecture Series, are open to the public and free to attend.   

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The 2016–17 Jepson Leadership Forum traces America's long struggle for racial justice through slavery and civil war, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement and present day. Journey with us as we return to the setbacks and advances, successes and failures that shaped modern America.

The 2016–17 Jepson Leadership Forum traces America's long struggle for racial justice through slavery and civil war, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement and present day. Journey with us as we return to the setbacks and advances, successes and failures that shaped modern America.

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The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship hosts speakers who examine and discuss the problems and prospects of leadership, constitutionalism, political economy, politics, and ethical reasoning.

The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship hosts speakers who examine and discuss the problems and prospects of leadership, constitutionalism, political economy, politics, and ethical reasoning.

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Jepson Leadership Forum Take 5

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents “Take 5 with Thomas F. Jackson”

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents “Take 5 with Thomas F. Jackson”

Sarah Abel, ’17, asks Dr. Thomas F. Jackson about what inspired him to research Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Take 5 is a series of informal interviews with the scholars and experts who present as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents “Take 5 with Jamelle Bouie”

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents “Take 5 with Jamelle Bouie”

“TJ Benedict, ’17, asks Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate and CBS News political analyst, about journalism, his career, and his advice for college seniors. Take 5 is a series of informal interviews with the scholars and experts who present as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum. “

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents “Take 5 with Isabel Wilkerson

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents “Take 5 with Isabel Wilkerson"

Natalie Dowzicky, ’18, interviews Isabel Wilkerson about her bestselling book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Take 5 is a series of informal interviews with the scholars and experts who present as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents “Take 5 with Eric Foner”

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents “Take 5 with Eric Foner”

Ali Grogan, ’17, interviews Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History about research, historical films, and political parties.

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents "Take 5 Ira Berlin"

Carney Judge, ’17, interviews Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland about research and teaching.

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents

The Jepson Leadership Forum presents "Take 5 with Annette Gordon-Reed"

Ken Anderson, ’17, interviews Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard historian and law professor, about Thomas Jefferson, her career path, and her upcoming projects.

Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

  • Dr. Julian Hayter authors new book

    Dr. Julian Maxwell Hayter, assistant professor of leadership studies, authored The Dream is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia, published by University of Kentucky Press.

  • Dr. Peter Kaufman authors new book

    Dr. Peter Iver Kaufman, who holds the George Matthews & Virginia Brinkley Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies, authored Augustine's Leaders, published by Wipf & Stock Publishers.

  • Dr. Tamura Lomax honored at 2017 Words of Fire Conference

    Dr. Tamura A. Lomax, who is teaching Racing Scandal: Sports, Religion, Race & Gender this semester at the Jepson School, is one of 26 honorees at the 2017 Words of Fire Conference at Spelman College.

  • Dr. Thad Williamson appointed senior policy advisor to Richmond mayor

    Dr. Thad Williamson, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, will lend support to Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney as senior policy advisor. 

  • Shannon Best elected to VHBG Board of Governors

    Shannon Best, Manager, Community Programs, was elected to the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls Board of Governors.

  • Dean Sandra Peart co-authors new book

    Escape from Democracy: The Role of Experts and the Public in Economic Policy, co-authored by Dean Sandra J. Peart and David M. Levy, was published in December by Cambridge University Press.

Contact Us

Jepson School of Leadership Studies
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

General Information:

Phone: (804) 289-8008
Fax: (804) 287-6062
Email: jepson@richmond.edu