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History of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies was founded to help students better understand leadership so that they can become active, thoughtful, and effective participants in their world. The thinking behind the creation of the School and details about its inception are captured in "Draft No. 4," which was approved by faculty and University leaders as a blueprint for the curriculum and approach. The School opened in 1992 and graduated its first class in 1994. The program is housed in Jepson Hall.

1987-1989
  • Business leader Robert S. Jepson, Jr., a 1964 graduate of the University, and his wife, Alice, announce their intent to provide the University of Richmond with a $20 million challenge gift to develop a leadership studies program.
  • Chancellor Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, acting chief executive officer of the University, begins the planning process. He becomes the director of the School during its formative period.
  • In 1988, Dr. Richard L. Morrill becomes the seventh president of the University. Under his leadership, along with that of many others, notably Provost Zeddie Bowen, the vision for a singular institution takes shape. The school will be the only one of its kind in the nation and will offer a rigorous curriculum built on the liberal arts. The multidisciplinary faculty will teach within their disciplines around the single topic of leadership studies.
1990-1992
  • Dr. Howard T. Prince, who developed leadership programs for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, becomes the first dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Later, Dr. Stephanie Micas is named associate dean.
  • James McGregor Burns, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars in leadership studies, is named senior fellow.
  • Drs. Joanne Ciulla, Richard Couto, Karin Klenke and William Howe begin designing the curriculum.
1992-1993
  • First class enters.
  • Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev is among the year’s keynote speakers.
  • Dr. Richard Couto founds the Learning in Community Settings Program, a symbol of Jepson’s commitment to service and a forerunner of the Campus Community Partnership.
  • Dr. Joanne Ciulla and the school help organize the 1992 Bush-Clinton presidential debate on campus.
  • Jepson aligns with the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.
  • General Norman Schwarzkopf is among the luminaries at the dedication of Jepson Hall, and other celebratory and scholarly events Sept. 8-9, 1992.
  • Jepson School inaugurates the Police Executive Leadership Program, a program that continues today through the School of Continuing Studies.
  • Dr. Gill Hickman and Dr. J. Thomas Wren join the faculty.
  • Virginia gubernatorial candidate and former Attorney General Mary Sue Terry serves as leader-in-residence.
    1993-1994
    • W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant supports the first Leadership Education Conference.
    • The school receives a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program. Dr. Gill Hickman becomes principal investigator for the grant component titled “Teaching Leadership for a Diverse Society” for 1993-1994 and 1994-1995.
    • Dr. Marc Swatez joins the faculty.
    • Cadmus communications chief Wallace Stettinius, civic leader Mary Tyler Cheek McClenahan, General Norman Schwarzkopf and Mary Sue Terry serve as leaders-in-residence.
    • Amy Todd is the first recipient of the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award. She becomes the first Jepson student to serve as president of Westhampton College, obtain an internship in the White House and win the University Mace Award, the University’s highest honor awarded to a graduating senior.
    • The first graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in leadership studies at commencement, while receiving a standing ovation from the Jepson faculty.
    1994-1995
    • Students develop a two-week summer program for emerging high school leaders.
    • Dr. Anne Perkins becomes associate dean.
    • Dr. Fredric Jablin joins the faculty.
    • Dr. Jablin is the recipient of the Outstanding Member Award in the Organizational Communication Division presented by the International Communication Association.
    • Dr. Gill Hickman presents on “Transforming Leaders in Transformistic Organizations” at the prestigious Salzburg International Leadership Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.
    • Richmond city manager Calvin D. Jamison serves as leader-in-residence.
    • Elizabeth Harris receives the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award.
      1995-1996
      • Undergraduate research grants expand.
      • Dr. Thomas Wren publishes "The Leader’s Companion: Insights on Leadership Through the Ages."
      • The Jepson School faculty embarks on a strategic planning process.
      • Dr. Thomas Wren receives the University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award.
      • Juvenile court Judge Kimberly O’Donnell is leader-in-residence.
      • The Jepson Student Government Association, which had not previously elected officers, is led by Vanessa Helsing, president; Chris Yurchuck, vice president for academic affairs; Jennifer Dunlap, vice president for public relations; and Gretchen Wherry, vice president for student affairs.
      • Vanessa Helsing receives the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award.
      1996-1997
      • Dr. John Rosenblum, dean of the Darden Graduate School of Business Education at the University of Virginia, becomes Jepson’s new dean.
      • The Jepson Leadership Forum is established as a formal lecture series. The inaugural season, Leadership in the Arts, marks the opening of the Modlin Center for the Arts. Speakers include filmmaker Spike Lee and opera superstar Beverly Sills.
      • A K-12 leadership education program is initiated in collaboration with the School of Continuing Studies and educators from metro Richmond public and private schools. This is the first of many short-term projects and consulting relationships in which Jepson assists high school curriculum development in surrounding counties and beyond.
      • Dr. Gill Hickman conducts training for 51 directors in the new South African government on “Transforming Leadership: Capacity Building in 21st Century Organizations" at the University of the Western Cape.
      • Stoner Winslett, Richmond Ballet artistic director, is leader-in-residence.
      • The Jepson Student Government Association is led by Jennifer Henry, president; Jay Carroll, vice president for academic affairs; Stefanie Mathew, vice president for public relations; and Anna Johnson, vice president for student affairs.
      • Anna Johnson receives the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award.
        1997-1998
        • The Leadership at 20 Conference brings together scholars to reflect on the field of study 20 years after the publication of Dr. James MacGregor Burns’s seminal work, "Leadership."
        • The Jepson Student Government Association is led by Tiffany Morris, president; Kelly Clark, vice president for academic affairs; Michelle Carter, vice president for publicity/alumni relations; Kelly Pearce, vice president for student affairs; and Patrick Oliver, secretary/historian.
        • Maia Carter and Kelly Pearce are co-recipients of the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award.
          1998-1999
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum, Leadership in a Democratic Society, features Nobel laureate Oscar Arias and author and philosopher Dr. Cornel West.
          • Dr. Terry Price and Dr. Douglas Hicks join the faculty.
          • Sue Murphy joins the staff as assistant to the dean.
          • Dr. Douglas Hicks helps launch the inaugural Ethics Bowl, a program of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. That same year, the University of Richmond ethics team, comprised of four University of Richmond students—including two Jepson students—and coached by Dr. Terry Price, advances to the semi-finals in a field of 24 at the fifth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Washington.
          • Dr. Thomas Wren is the recipient of the Richmond College Student Government Faculty Recognition Award.
          • Five Jepson School students help develop and teach at the Virginia High School League’s Leadership Conference, attended by 1,000 high school students.
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla publishes "Ethics, the Heart of Leadership."
          • Richmond mayor Tim Kaine (elected Virginia’s lieutenant governor in 2000 and governor in 2005) serves as leader-in-residence.
          • Dr. Gill Hickman publishes "Leading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era."
          • The Jepson Student Government Association is led by Ben Wallerstein, president; Amanda Howland, vice president for academic affairs; Kerry McGonigle, vice president for student affairs; Jennifer Campbell, vice president for publicity/alumni relations; and Dan Beeman, secretary/treasurer.
          • Amanda Howland receives the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award. 
          1999-2000
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum, Values, Religion and Leadership, brings in Bill Moyers, Marian Wright Edelman, Sister Helen Prejean, Elie Wiesel and other prominent voices on religion and civic life.
          • Dr. Elizabeth Faier joins the faculty.
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla is named the first UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy, Amman, Jordan.
          • Six faculty and staff from the Jepson School facilitate a course for K-12 teachers in Cape Town, South Africa, July 15-20, 1999.
          • Jepson faculty and staff plan and implement the third annual summer enrichment program for K-12 teachers.
          • Jepson School faculty lead a team-building session for members of the Richmond City School Board and the Superintendent’s Cabinet at the board’s retreat.
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla is named to the American Board of Directors of the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust.
          • Dr. Richard Couto receives the Ernest A. Lynton Award for Faculty Professional Service and Academic Outreach, a national award of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.
          • The master’s degree program is approved as part of the University’s strategic plan, endorsed by the Jepson Academic Council, the University Senate and the Board of Trustees. The Program Opportunity Fund and President William Cooper approve start-up funding.
          • Learning in Community Settings, an informal consortium among the area’s four universities, sponsors participatory research projects. Faculty-student teams work with the Black History Museum, Homeward, Youth Matters, East District Families First, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, and a state health insurance program for low-income families.
          • Summit on Youth Leadership brings together approximately 100 community, university, civic, church and school leaders who discuss how the community can provide better opportunities for youth. Leadership Metro Richmond and the Children’s Museum of Richmond are partners.
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla’s latest book, "The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work," is reviewed by major media publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Boston Globe.
          • Dr. Elizabeth Faier and Jepson students are honored at a U.S. State Department dinner, hosted by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, for their work in the “Adopt a Minefield” program.
          • Dr. Gill Hickman receives the Most Outstanding Member of the Faculty Award from black students at the University of Richmond.
          • Nancy Stutts joins the staff as a director of Learning in Community Settings.
          • Dr. Douglas Hicks is part of a 12-member team overseeing a national, four-year, $3.5 million Duke University Divinity School/Lilly Endowment Pastoral Leadership Project.
          • The Rev. Dr. John Kinney, dean of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, serves as leader-in-residence.
          • The Jepson Student Government Association is led by officers Darden Copeland, president; Kirsten Cavallo, vice president for academic affairs; Lesley Stiles, vice president for student affairs; Dave Lynn, vice president for publicity/alumni relations; and Jeff Thompson, secretary/treasurer.
          • Kirsten Cavallo receives the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award.

          2000-2001
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum, Views and Voices on the City, brings Jonathan Kozol, Ambassador Andrew Young , Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and others to campus.
          • The Jepson School’s Program Committee revises the curriculum and adds an honors track.
          • The Jepson Dissertation Awards Colloquium debuts. Dr. Terry Price heads this inaugural project.
          • Dr. Richard Couto is awarded the Independent Sector’s Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize for his book "Making Democracy Work Better."
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla publishes "The Ethics of Leadership."
          • Dr. Fredric Jablin and co-author Nongluck Sriussadaporn-Charoenngam receive the Outstanding Article of the Year Award in the Journal of Business Communication and the Distinguished Publication on Business Communication Award from the Association of Business Communication.
          • Faculty members facilitate a training session for the United Way Loaned Leaders Program.
          • Jepson students host a retreat for 20 Richmond Technical Center students.
          • The school hosts action forums on youth leadership with the Children’s Museum of Richmond and Leadership Metro Richmond.
          • The Community Programs Office hosts the 20th anniversary event for Leadership Metro Richmond, beginning a more productive partnership with the 1,100-member community leadership development organization.
          • Chesterfield County turns to Jepson to develop a new leadership program in the public schools.
          • The World Affairs Council and Jepson School co-sponsor a dinner and a program, “To Walk the Earth Safely,” with Ambassador Donald Steinberg, U.S. presidential representative for global humanitarian demining; Minister Usko S. Shivute from Namibia; and Minister Branko Baricevic from Croatia.
          • Dr. Douglas Hicks is the recipient of a NEH summer stipend award to conduct a research project entitled “Religious Pluralism and Leadership.”
          • Professor Ciulla’s "The Working Life" is ranked No. 2 on Amazon.com’s “10 Best Business Books of 2000” list.
          • Dr. Tiffany Keller, a faculty member since 1997, is named director of the David Brain Leadership Program at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio.
          • Dr. Anne Perkins, associate dean and interim dean, becomes associate provost at Christopher Newport University.
          • The Jepson Student Government Association is led by officers Billy O’Brien, president; Ginger Doyel, vice president for academic affairs; Leigh Ann Shaffner, vice president for student affairs; Jamie Schmidt, vice president for public relations; and Cristin Witcher, vice president for finance.
          • Ginger Doyel receives the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award.
          • Charles T. Caldroney receives the E. Bruce Heilman Award.
          2001-2002
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum, Sports, Society and Leadership, hosts Frank Deford, former NFL great Alan Page, Olympian John Naber, women athletes and others.
          • Dr. Fredric Jablin serves as interim dean and submits the Program Opportunity Grant on behalf of the Jepson School for the Executive Master’s Program in Leadership Studies, which was subsequently funded by the University.
          • Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar James MacGregor Burns rejoins the faculty. Burns and national leadership scholars begin a series of dialogues about integrative theories of leadership.
          • The Jepson School hosts a meeting of the “City University” Planning Committee, appointed by the city manager to develop a program for employees.
          • Jepson students teach middle school students in YouthLead, administered by Sue Robinson and Rebecca Horner, at Binford Model Middle School, the North Side YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club as part of a Verizon grant-funded pilot program.
          • Dr. Georgia Sorenson co-edits a four-volume Encyclopedia of Leadership to be published in 2004. Many Jepson faculty members serve as writers and editors. Dr. James MacGregor Burns is a senior editor.
          • YouthLead conference brings some 100 young people to Jepson Hall.
          • Connect Richmond begins. The nonprofit community embraces this web-based information clearinghouse and list-serv.
          • Carmen Foster joins the staff as executive director of the master’s program.
          • Dr. Teresa Williams becomes associate dean.
          • Dr. Thomas Wren serves as a panel chair at the ILA Conference.
          • Gregory Wingfield, CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership, serves as Cadmus leader-in-residence for the 2001-02 academic year.
          • Dr. Richard Couto, a member of the early faculty, announces he will become a member of the founding faculty of Antioch University’s new Ph.D. in Leadership and Change.
          • The Jepson Student Government Association is led by officers Jonathan Carlson, president; Laura Hogan, vice president for academic affairs; Josh Ilgen, vice president for student affairs; Lance DiFrancesco, vice president for public relations; and Kate Materna, vice president for finance.
          • Bethany Smocer and Laura Hogan are co-recipients of the James MacGregor Burns Outstanding Student Award.
          • Dr. Richard Couto receives the first annual Servant Leader Award, presented by the Jepson Student Government Association.
          • Jepson major Timothy Sullivan was selected as the student speaker for the University’s Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 5, 2002.
          • Jepson major Kelly Gribbin received the E. Bruce Heilman Leadership Award, awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding character and leadership in service to the University.
          • Laura Hogan and Bethany Smocer received James MacGregor Burns Awards this year at the Jepson School’s Senior Awards Ceremony. The award is given to a graduating senior in recognition of his/her accomplishments as a student in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.
          2002-2003
          • Dr. Kenneth P. Ruscio, professor of politics at Washington & Lee University, is named dean.
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum expands its theme, Leadership for Our Changing World, in celebration of the school’s 10th anniversary.
          • Jepson Student Government Association revamps constitution and bylaws.
          • The Community Programs Office launches the Jepson Community Project to mark the school’s 10th anniversary. Students and faculty, led by Associate Dean Williams, work with Homeward, an agency devoted to eliminating homelessness in metro Richmond.
          • Dean Ruscio serves as national president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, for a term running from March 2002 to March 2004.
          • Drs. Wren, Price and Hicks collaborate on a three-volume collection of readings encompassing the whole Western tradition of leadership.
          • Dr. Elizabeth Faier receives the 2002 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology presented by University of Richmond.
          • Dr. Thomas Wren serves as a session chair at the ILA Conference.
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla receives the 2003 Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
          • Dr. Elizabeth Faier creates the Jepson Film Festival to celebrate the anniversary year. The festival is staged in collaboration with the University’s International Film Festival, the Media Resource Center and the English and history departments.
          • Dr. Terry Price is convener-elect at the International Leadership Association Conference.
          • Dr. James MacGregor Burns publishes "Transforming Leadership: The Pursuit of Happiness."
          • Dr. Georgia Sorenson joins Jepson as a visiting scholar.
          • Jepson students attend President Bill Clinton’s Youth Summit hosted at Georgetown. Dr. Sorenson is a speaker at the conference.
          • Jepson assists in the formation of the Virginia Leadership Association, a consortium of directors of community leadership programs across the Commonwealth.
          • Students present research at the March 2003 Summit on Homelessness, which features national experts from Washington and New York.
          • Eva Teig Hardy, executive with Dominion Resources and a former high-ranking state government official, serves as leader-in-residence.
          • The Jepson Student Government Association is led by officers Jonathan Zur, president; Michael Watrous, vice president for academic affairs; Evan Baum, vice president for student affairs; Katie Sloan, vice president for public relations; and Trevor MacDougall, vice president for administration/finance.
          • Jonathan Zur receives the 2003 Servant Leader Award.
          • Joshua Walker was awarded a Fulbright student grant to study in Turkey for the 2003-04 academic year.
          • Jepson senior Janelle Hubert was the student recipient of the 11th annual Story Award. She was honored for her work with National Student Partnerships. Jepson junior Neil Singh was one of the first recipients of the Special Partnership Award for his work with the Habitat for Humanity Merriewood Miracle.
          • Jepson major Joshua Walker and Jepson minor Marianne Kinney were two of three students selected to speak at graduation weekend events.
          • Jepson major Evan Baum was one of three winners of the Clarence J. Gray Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership.
          • Jonathan Zur and Joshua Walker received James MacGregor Burns Awards this year at the Jepson School's Senior Awards Ceremony.
          • Jepson juniors Ryan Babiuch and Colette Conner were awarded the Class of 1964 Scholarship.
          • Jepson junior Annie Williamson was recognized for her Quest III entry, “Shall We Dance?”
          2003-2004
          • School celebrates its 10th year anniversary.
          • Eugene W. Hickok, U.S. under secretary of education and architect of the Leave No Child Behind educational policy, serves as leader-in-residence.
          • Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway's first woman prime minister and former director-general of the World Health Organization, speaks on world health threats at the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • Jepson School partners with Jack and Jill of America on national pilot program for teen leaders.
          • Dr. Gary L. McDowell joins the faculty.
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and is a panelist for two forums: "The Use and Abuse of Power" and "What is Good Leadership?"
          • Dr. David W. Blight, professor of history at Yale University and author of "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," Dr. William J. Cooper Jr., professor of history at Louisiana State University and author of "Jefferson Davis, American;" and Harold Holzer, vice president for communications and marketing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and author or editor of 20 books on Lincoln form panel to discuss Civil War leadership as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • Dr. Douglas A. Hicks, assistant professor of leadership studies and religion, selected as the director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.
          • Alan Ehrenhalt, executive editor of Governing magazine, teaches a spring semester course, "Community and Political and Social Order," as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Studies and Political Science at the University of Richmond.
          • A student field trip to the Supreme Court arranged by Dr. Gary McDowell includes private session with Justice Scalia.
          • Jepson School co-sponsors the 14th annual Kravis-de Roulet Conference at Claremont McKenna College.
          • James MacGregor Burns, senior scholar at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, receives the lifetime achievement award from Omicron Delta Kappa at its national convention.
          • Jepson School screens Oscar-winning documentary "Fog of War."
          • Five-time Emmy Award-winner Roger Mudd moderates discussion on "Leadership in Times of Crisis."
          • The faculty contributes to two major reference works: The Encyclopedia of Leadership and an anthology called The International Library of Leadership.
          • Colette T. Connor receives the James MacGregor Burns Award.
          2004-2005
          • Public Relations Society of America-Richmond and Jepson School offer local nonprofit leaders a free media relations workshop.
          • Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll, opens the Jepson Leadership Forum for 2004-05.
          • Scholars A.E. Dick Howard, David Blight, J. Thomas Wren and Perry M. Smith explore the topic “Leadership under Extraordinary Circumstances” through historical analysis and their own assessments and insights at an event honoring Leo K. Thorsness.
          • Leadership students create Project Strive to help homeless people find jobs and homes.
          • The Jepson School family mourns the death of Dr. Fredric M. Jablin, professor and E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair of Leadership Studies.
          • Best-selling biographer Sally Bedell Smith discusses the Kennedy White House in a special edition of the Jepson Forum for students and alumni and their guests.
          • Dr. Sidney Drell, an arms control specialist with deep practical and theoretical knowledge, speaks on “The Gravest Danger—Nuclear Weapons and Their Proliferation.”
          • A $250,000 grant from Dominion, matched by university trustee Robert S. Jepson Jr., helps endow scholarships for students in the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies.
          • The three winners of the 2005 First Freedom Awards, presented by the Council for America’s First Freedom, speak at a symposium on “The Rights and Responsibilities of Religious Freedom: Views from the Front Lines.”
          • W.M. Keck Foundation Awards University of Richmond, Loyola Marymount University and Claremont McKenna College a $400,000 grant for a national leadership project, the “Keck Initiative.”
          • The Jessie Ball duPont Fund awards a $220,000 grant to the school to create a web-based resource center to serve nonprofit organizations in the Northern Neck of Virginia, Connect Rappahannock.
          • Dr. Douglas Hicks advises winning Quest student and receives $5,000 faculty development grant.
          • Jacquelyn Knupp, a leadership/biology double-major from Raleigh, N.C., named a 2005 Truman Scholar, one of an elite group of 75 college juniors committed to making a difference through public service.
          • Meredith L. Schalick, '95, receives the 2005 Jepson Alumni Achievement Award for her work in child welfare advocacy.
          • Jepson senior Sandie Walker is the student recipient of the Story Award, given annually by the Bonners Scholar Office and the Office of the Chaplaincy to recognize service and leadership.
          • Two Jepson students have speaking roles during graduation weekend. Leadership studies Brian Schatz gives the student address at the annual Candlelight Ceremony and Zachariah Dorey-Stein gives the invocation at Commencement.
          • Jepson major Jillian Fasching receives the E. Bruce Heilman Leadership Award, given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding character and leadership in service to the University.
          • Jillian Fasching and Alison Smith are named co-recipients of the James McGregor Burns Award.
          • All four recipients of the Class of 1964 Scholarship this year are leadership studies majors: Ethan McWilliams (Richmond College), Jacquelyn Knupp (Westhampton College), Braxton Bragg (Business School) and Theodore Straub (Jepson School).
          2005-2006
          • The Donchian Foundation pledges $125,000 over three years to support student and faculty research and to convene a national symposium on professional and applied ethics in 2008.
          • The Jepson School announces plans for a new journal and organizes a related colloqium on presidential leadership.
          • E. J. Dionne, a member of the Washington Post Writers Group and author of "Why Americans Hate Politics," and William Kristol, founding editor of The Weekly Standard, kick off the Jepson Leadership Forum—“The State of Public Debate.”
          • Dr. George Goethals and Dr. Donelson R. Forsyth join the Jepson faculty.
          • Dr. Thad Williamson, assistant professor of leadership studies, receives the 2005 Harold D. Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association. The award recognizes the best dissertation in the field of public policy studies completed in 2004.
          • Dr. Donelson R. Forsyth launches a website focused on the social psychological implications of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.
          • The State Council of Higher Education awards the university a $102,653 grant to help implement the Next Generation Leadership Academy, which includes partnerships between the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, School of Continuing Studies and four local school divisions. The project involves 40 aspiring principals and 20 mentors from public schools in the City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties.
          • Dr. Gary McDowell receives the University's Distinguished Educator Award.
          • Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Taylor Branch discusses Martin Luther King Jr. and “Non-violent Leadership: The Essence of Democracy” as part of the Burns Lectureship.
          • Bob Dole and George McGovern speak on political civility as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • Dr. Terry L. Price publishes "Understanding Ethical Failures in Leadership."
          • Richmond Memorial Health Foundation awards a three-year, $75,000 grant to the Jepson School’s Connect Richmond project.
          • Senior Jacquelyn Knupp presents her thesis "How Should Physicians Be Motivated to Fulfill Social Obligations?" at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics conference in Florida.
          • U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton speaks at a Jepson School event on U.N. reform.
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla and Dr. Terry L. Price co-edit "The Quest for Moral Leaders: Essays on Leadership Ethics," published by Edward Elgar.
          • The Jepson School dedicates the Fredric Jablin Library in the Jepson Faculty Lounge.
          • Dr. Kenneth P. Ruscio, dean of the Jepson School, is named president of Washington and Lee University in Lexington. Dr. J. Thomas Wren becomes interim dean.
          • Elizabeth MacKenzie Biedell is recognized with an alumni achievement award for her achievements in international relations as a foreign service officer and as an intelligence analyst.
          • Connect Network celebrates its five-year anniversary with massive site relaunch.
          • The Jepson School launches a new website for the Keck Initiative.
          • The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation makes an $80,000 grant to the Jepson School and pre-health director to prepare students for leadership roles in health care.
          • Major Jacquelyn Knupp gives the student address at the Baccalaureate service and leadership minor Kevin M. Panicker gives the invocation at Commencement.
          • The 2005-06 JSGA executive board is: Michelle Swartz, president; Ethan McWilliams, Vice President for Administration/Finance; Sam Beese, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Robin Hace, Vice President for Student Affairs; Jesse Kedy, Vice President of Public Relations.
          • The James McGregor Burns Award recipients are Jacquelyn Knupp and Michelle Swartz.
          2006-2007

          • Dr. Sandra J. Peart becomes the fourth dean of the Jepson School. Her newest book "The Vanity of the Philosopher: From Equality to Hierarchy in Postclassical Economics" receives recognition on the list of the Outstanding Academic Titles of the year by the American Library Association’s Choice magazine.
          • The Science Museum of Virginia partners with the Jepson School to present the 2006-07 Jepson Leadership Forum topic, "Science, Society and Leadership." Famed science writer Dava Sobel opens the series with her talk, "Leaders and Leadership and the Dawn of Discovery."
          • Dr. Douglas A. Hicks wins the inaugural In Character Prize with Jonathan B. Wright for "Disaster Relief: What Would Adam Smith Do?"
          • Area leaders drawn from Style Weekly's annual "Power List" of the most influential leaders in the community gather to talk about the concept of power and its implications. The event stems from a class research project conducted by the students of Dr. Donelson R. Forsyth.
          • At the end of his first year in office, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine comes to Jepson to discuss his views on the governor’s job and what he hopes to accomplish in office.
          • Andrew J. Bacevich, a military expert, professor and author of books and articles on U.S. diplomacy and militarism, speaks on "Leaders and Followers, Soldiers and Citizens: Why Americans Are Seduced by War," sponsored by the Jepson School and the Richmond Quest.
          • Dr. Gary McDowell, Tyler Haynes Interdisciplinary Professor of Leadership, Political Science and Law receives a $40,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He receives the funding for his project, "The Most Sacred Rule of Interpretation: The Language of Law and the Moral Foundations of Originalism."
          • Class of 2008 majors Erica Coleman, Allison DuVal, Corrie Mixon and Eric Van Der Hyde are among the University students who travel to the Gulf Coast in 2006 after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. They also create a student group, Collegiate Disaster Relief Team.
          • Dr. Howard Gardner, a multiple-intelligence theorist and Harvard psychologist, is the keynote speaker at a research symposium on social psychology and leadership presented by the Jepson School. His lecture, “Leading Minds, and How Leaders Change Minds” wraps up an afternoon of presentations including two by Jepson social psychologists, Donelson R. Forsyth and George R. Goethals.
          • Walter K. Graham, the executive director, president and CEO of the Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing Foundation, explore questions of medicine and morality as part of a Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • Charles Wilbur, a leading scholar in the field of ethics and economics, discusses “Beyond Self-Interest: Embodied Moral Codes and Economic Justice” at the University of Richmond and also lead a discussion on development ethics. Dr. Joanna B. Ciulla joins him in this discussion.
          • Dr. J. Thomas Wren gives a keynote speech at a conference on “Leadership Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum.” The Jepson School of Leadership Studies collaborates on the initiative, funded by the Keck Foundation, which included a 2006 summer workshop, fellowships for undergraduate students and faculty and new interdisciplinary courses developed in the arts, sciences and social sciences that focuses on leadership themes and examines the best practices in teaching leadership studies.
          • Dr. J. Thomas Wren publishes "Inventing Leadership: The Challenge of Democracy."
          • Interim dean J. Thomas Wren appoints the Jepson School Alumni Networking committee and ramps up outreach to Jepson's alumni.
          • Jepson major Jessica Scrimale is chosen as the baccalaureate speaker at the 2007 commencement, and Jepson major Nicole Harris gives the benediction.
          • Four Jepson students participate in the Jepson summer study abroad program in England, studying at Emmanuel College at Cambridge.
          • Class of 2009 major Adrian Bitton earns a $25,000 cash prize for writing the winning Richmond Quest competition with the question, “How is it connected?”
          • The Keck Initiative continues to thrive and two Jepson students, Ryan Kefer and Stefanie Simon, are named 2006 Keck Fellows.
          • The ConnectRichmond program moves to the Community Foundation Serving Metro Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.
          • The 2006-07 JSGA president is Sara E. McGanity. Other seniors serving as officers are: Drake V. Bushnell, vice president for Administration/Finance; Tara L. Sulzen, vice president for academic affairs; Rachel A. Brushett, vice president for student affairs; and Sara E. FitzPatrick, vice president for public relations.
          2007-2008
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum and the annual WILL Speaker Series merge for the 2007-08 season to produce a speaker series Rhetoric & Reality/Race & Gender, Power & Politics. More than a dozen speakers are in the lineup, including Susan Estrich, Rich Lowry, Juan Williams, Lani Guinier, Marshall Ganz, and Chuck D.
          • Leo K. Thorsness, retired United States Air Force Colonel, Medal of Honor recipient and POW, serves as leader-in-residence for the 2007-08 academic year.
          • Dr. Joanne Cuilla receives the University’s Distinguished Educator Award for 2007-08.
          • Dorothy Hamill, 1976 world and Olympic women’s figure skating champion, headlines a free leadership training program for high school athletic captains and team leaders at the University of Richmond.
          • The School's founding benefactors, Robert and Alice Jepson, are among some 175 guests at a Sept. 9, 2007 dinner event marking the 15th anniversary of the inauguration of the School. University of Richmond’s new president, Dr. Edward Ayers, who assumed office in the summer, and Mr. Jepson are speakers at the anniversary event.
          • Jepson students in Professor Charles Metzgar’s Leadership in Organizations class receive rave reviews after externing with Capital One, Play, and Mercer Human Resources Consulting. At the end of the fall semester the students present their ideas for their own organizations and offer their insight and recommendations to representatives of their host companies, Professor Metzgar and UR faculty and staff.
          • Dr. Terry L. Price is appointed associate dean for academic affairs.
          • Fox News commentators Richard Lowry, editor of National Review and author of “Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years,” and Susan Estrich, attorney, political operative and author of "Sex & Power” and “The Case for Hillary Clinton” open the Forum/WILL series.
          • Juan Williams, NPR "Morning Edition" senior correspondent, speaks about race and politics in "Beyond Black and White/All About Barack and Much More," as part of the Forum/WILL series.
          • Dr. Gary McDowell publishes the lead op-ed in the Oct. 23 edition of The Wall Street Journal on “The War for the Constitution.” McDowell's guest column looks back 20 years on Robert Bork's confirmation hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States.
          • "The Values of Presidential Leadership," edited by Terry L. Price and J. Thomas Wren, is published as the inaugural book in the Jepson Studies in Leadership book series, published by Palgrave Macmillan. The series is envisioned as being the home for the best scholarly work on leadership in both the humanities and the social sciences.
          • Roberta Oster Sachs, associate dean for external affairs at the School of Law, moderates a discussion between Lisa Green, senior producer of NBC Weekend Today, Glenn Proctor, executive editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Keith Woods, dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute. This event, part of the Forum/WILL series, focuses on leadership challenges within the media and the news gatherer's responsibility to society.
          • Bioethics expert, Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., chairman of The President’s Council on Bioethics, discusses the balance between ethics, science, medicine and technology in “Bioethics and Human Happiness: Problem, Promise and Illusion” at the Jepson Alumni Center.
          • Dr. Douglas Hicks is named to Style Weekly “Top 40 Under 40” list of young men and women who are transforming Richmond.
          • Dr. Crystal Hoyt is featured in U.S. News and World Report for her study in the peer-reviewed Leadership Quarterly. Her study presents evidence that thoughts of death can bias subjects in favor of male candidates, even if the female candidate displays masculine traits.
          • Dr. Alice Eagly, a researcher and author on psychology and gender, discusses “Through the Labyrinth: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Women as Leaders” as part of the Forum/WILL series.
          • EduLead, a partnership program between University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University to improve K-12 school leadership, instruction and student achievement, is awarded a $273,486 contract from the Louisiana Department of Education. The funds will be used to lead the design and development of a leadership program for the Louisiana School Turnaround Specialist Program (LSTS).
          • Dean Sandra J. Peart compiled a three-article symposium on ethics and leadership along with David Levy, professor of economics at George Mason University. The symposium is published in the Winter 2008 edition of the Eastern Economic Journal.
          • Alan Ehrenhalt, editor of Governing magazine and visiting scholar at the Jepson School, leads a panel discussion about the presidential primaries and a variety of election topics at the Jepson Alumni Center. The panel reviews the individual candidates, fundraising, primary results and predictions, polls and rhetoric as part of the Jepson/WILL series.
          • Donna Brazile, manager of Al Gore's 2000 campaign for president, speaks on “Presidential Politics: What Happened to ‘We the People’?” at the University of Richmond. The event is sponsored by the University of Richmond Young Democrats and co-sponsored by the University's Booker Chair in Religion and Ethics, Richmond Quest program and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.
          • Leadership, business and legal scholars from the country's top universities discuss key leadership and ethical issues at the University of Richmond's Donchian Symposium on the Ethical Challenges of Leadership.
          • Chancellor Richard L. Morill speaks about his new book "Strategic Leadership: Integrating Strategy and Leadership in Colleges and Universities," which makes the case that strategy can be a discipline and process of leadership.
          • Cynthia Enloe, a leading researcher and author on feminism, militarization and globalization, discusses “Leading with a Feminist Curiosity: How to Explore Our Militarized Culture” as part of the Forum/WILL series.
          • The Leadership Honor Society Omicron Delta Kappa awards Robert S. Jepson, Jr. the 2008 Laurel Crowned Circle Award for his accomplishments in the business world and for his philanthropic support and continued dedication to leadership and higher education.
          • The Jepson School receives $10,000 seed money from the Atlas Foundation to explore the establishment of the Adam Smith Center for Leadership Ethics.
          • The University of Richmond joins with 14 other Virginia colleges and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges in launching Career 15, an initiative matching Virginia companies with Virginia college students looking for jobs and internships.
          • Chuck D., an American rapper, composer, author, radio personality and producer, as well as the founder of the influential group Public Enemy, speaks about the hip-hop movement and the culture of rap as part of the Forum/Will series.
          • Dean Sandra J. Peart is interviewed on Fox News Radio affiliate WRVA and gives her response to a nationwide survey conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) that found only 39 percent of girls want to be leaders in a traditional sense.
          • Marshall Ganz, a civil rights organizer and professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Lani Guinier, the first African-American woman to be tenured at Harvard’s law school speak in the final two programs in the Jepson/WILL Forum on Rhetoric and Reality.
          • Lisa Sinkovitz, vice president of public relations for the Jepson Student Government Association, organizes and hosts a Student Leadership Conference that coincides with Marshall Ganz's "Leading Social Change: Relationships, Story and Strategy" workshop and lecture as part of the Forum/WILL series.
          • Maia Carter Hallward, a 1998 Jepson alumna and an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University, receives the 2008 Alumni Achievement Award during Reunion Weekend.
          • Jepson Initiative on Leadership and the Liberal Arts brings scholars from around the world to campus May 19-21.
          • The 2007-08 JSGA president is Eric Van Der Hyde. Other seniors serving as officers are: Leah Render, vice president for administration/finance; Xenia Schneider, vice president for academic affairs; Mary Gardiner, vice president for student Affairs; and Lisa Sinkovitz, vice president for public relations.
          2008-2009
          • The 2008-09 Jepson Leadership Forum series observes the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth and examines his moral leadership and political genius. The speaker series focuses on important aspects of Lincoln's leadership and legacy.
          • The national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) recognizes and endorses "Abraham Lincoln's Legacy of Leadership," the Jepson Leadership Forum speaker series.
          • The Jepson School announces that Leland Melvin, NASA astronaut and University of Richmond alumnus, will serve as leader-in-residence.
          • Dr. Terry L. Price publishes "Leadership Ethics: An Introduction," which uses moral theory to explore the justification provided by leaders who break the moral rules.
          • Dr. Joanne Ciulla edits a three-volume set that explores leadership from the perspectives of psychology, politics and the humanities. The books in the set are "Leadership and Psychology," "Leadership and Politics" and "Leadership and the Humanities."
          • Richard Carwardine, Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, discusses Abraham Lincoln's "Wonderful Self Reliance" at the Jepson Alumni Center. The presentation is the James MacGregor Burns Lecture in Leadership Studies and Biography and part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers discusses "What Lincoln Was Up Against: The Context of Leadership" at the Modlin Center for the Arts. His lecture is part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • The Jepson School hosts a community conversation to give international students, scholars and students who have studied abroad a chance to discuss how the rest of the world views the upcoming presidential election.
          • The Jepson School students, alumni and faculty participate in an online project to share community service and civic engagement experiences. The "150 Days in a Lifetime of Service" project is started by the Jepson School's Alumni Networking Committee.
          • The Jepson School announces the establishment of the John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship. The program is made possible by the Thomas W. Smith Foundation and will be co-directed by professors Gary L. McDowell and Terry L. Price. The new center will approach the study and practice of statesmanship through a program that combines scholarly and practical attention to constitutionalism, political economy, politics and ethical reasoning.
          • "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" actress Tatyana Ali, Marlon Wayans and Jurnee Smollett visit Dr. Karen Zivi's Justice and Civil Society class to encourage students to vote and get involved in the political process.
          • Dr. Peter Kaufman joins the School as holder of the George Matthews & Virginia Brinkley Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies.
          • The Jepson School sponsors a debate among Richmond's five mayoral candidates in Tyler Haynes Commons.
          • Douglas L. Wilson, George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at Knox College, takes part in the Jepson Leadership Forum with a discussion on "Abraham Lincoln and the Shaping of Public Opinion" at the Jepson Alumni Center.
          • Seventeen Jepson faculty, staff and alumni present scholarly work, lead rountable and panel discussion and attend sessions at ILA's Tenth Annual Global Conference in Los Angeles.
          • The Richmond Symphony presents "Music in Times of Civil Unrest" at the Modlin Center for the Arts as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum. The University of Richmond Schola Cantorum and the James River Singers, Jeffrey Riehl, conductor, also perform at the presentation of an evening of music that figured prominently in times of war and civil unrest.
          • Dr. Douglas A. Hicks discusses his new book "With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America" at the Library of Virginia.
          • Sixteen leading economists confer in Jepson Hall to discuss the American economic crisis. Jeffrey M. Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, joins Nobel Prize winner and constitutional political economist James Buchanan and Nobel Prize winner and experimental economist Vernon L. Smith, along with 13 other scholars in a daylong dicussion. The participants include economic historians, macroeconomists, financial economists and policy makers.
          • Political ethics scholar William L. Miller discusses "The Magnanimity of President Lincoln" in the Modlin Center for the Arts. The lecture is followed by a performance of Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" by the University Orchestra, Alexander Kordzaia, conductor. Astronaut and Jepson School leader-in-residence Leland Melvin narrates the performance.
          • Christy Coleman, president of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, and Cricket White, national director of training and program development at Initiatives of Change, lead a discussion on race and social justice from emancipation to institutionalized injustice, at "The Promise of the New South: A Community Conversation on Race, Reconciliation and Richmond" as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • Pulitzer Prize winning author and noted historian James M. McPherson discusses Abraham Lincoln's steep learning curve as a wartime president in "Tried by War: Lincoln as Commander in Chief" at the Jepson Alumni Center, part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • The Jepson School celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its first graduating class with a Reunion Weekend gathering on campus. The panel discussion and celebration wrap up the year's "150 Days in a Lifetime of Service" campaign.
          • Jepson alumnus Ben Wallerstein '99, receives the 10th Year Reunion Alumni Achievement Award. Wallerstein has built a consulting practice that focuses on improving education through the public policy process.
          • Jepson alumni Greg Efthimiou, '99 and Jonathan Zur, '03, are jointly honored with the new Jepson Award for Leadership and Service, for their service to the School as co-chairs of the "150 Days in a Lifetime of Service" campaign.
          • The Jepson School and the University of Richmond host the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar's "Lincoln and the South" conference.
          • Economics scholars, graduate students and undergraduates from the United States, Scotland, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Chile present research and published works examining the current economic crisis at the Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought. The Jepson School hosts the institute's annual forum on the history of economic ideas.
          • The Jepson School partners with the American Community Schools in Athens, Greece to create a summer student program focused on leadership, civic responsibility and community service. The Jepson-Athens Leadership Academy includes courses and activities in Athens, Richmond and Washington, D.C.
          • The Jepson School announces that Dr. Kerstin Soderlund is the next associate dean for student and external affairs.
          2009-2010
          • The Jepson School hosts the 10th Annual Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought with Dr. Sandra J. Peart and George Mason University's Dr. David Levy co-directing.
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum 2009-10 season highlights "The Common Good."
          • The Jepson-Athens Leadership Academy and the Jepson School host a group of 15 high school sophomores and juniors from American Community Schools in Athens.
          • The Marshall Center conference is held at Jepson with Harvey Mansfield in honor of the 20-year anniversary of "Taming the Prince: The Ambivalence of Modern Executive Power." The conference includes a two-day calendar of events including a lecture and panel discussions.
          • Philippa Malmgren discusses "A View from the Markets: How Politics, Policy and Geopolitics are Changing the Global Economy." An expert on the interaction between policy and financial markets, she served President Bush as a special assistant on economic policy on the National Economic Council.
          • The Marshall Center presents a lecture by Gordon Wood on his new book "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815," one of the volumes in the Oxford History of the U.S.
          • 2007 European Business Leader of the Year Richard Reeves discusses "The Individual and Society: How Would John Stuart Mill Define ‘The Common Good'?" as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • "Lincoln’s Legacy of Leadership," edited by Jepson professors George R. Goethals and Gary L. McDowell, is published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book is the fourth volume in the Jepson Studies in Leadership series and takes a close look at Abraham Lincoln both during his presidency and in the time leading up to it. It includes chapters by some of the world’s top scholars on Lincoln.
          • Dean Sandra J. Peart joins the board of directors of LEAD VIRGINIA. The Jepson School helped found the statewide leadership education program and develop its curriculum and approach. The board is made up of statewide leaders from different sectors.
          • Students in Dr. Gill Robinson Hickman's Leading Change class during the fall semester learn exactly what it takes to effect change, both in theory and in practice when they host "Navigating a Special Needs Life," a conference and jobs and resources fair. The two-day event grew from a Jepson class project supported by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.
          • Robert Pozen, a financial expert with business, regulatory, public policymaking, and university experience, speaks at the Jepson School on "Critical Issues After the Financial Crisis."
          • Former Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine returns to the University of Richmond to resume his teaching career in law and leadership studies after his term in office ends. Kaine accepts a joint appointment in the University’s School of Law and the Jepson School.
          • The Jepson School hosts student teams competing in the 2009 APPE Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl competition.
          • Psychologist Steven Pinker discusses “A History of Violence” at the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • Irene Zubaida Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, discusses “Hard Truths on Poverty and Human Rights” as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • Economist Dambisa Moyo argues that foreign aid to Africa should be phased out and replaced with innovative ways to finance development in her lecture “Dead Aid: The Moral Imperative to Find a Better Way in Africa” as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • The Jepson School hosts a welcome back party for Jepson students who studied abroad and announces the winner of the study abroad photo contest.
          • Philosopher Jesse J. Prinz discusses “Living with Relativism: Can We Find a Common Good in a Morally Diverse World?” His lecture is part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • Social psychologist Robert B. Cialdini, the most cited social psychologist living today, discusses “The Power of We” and what moves people to work together toward a common good or goal as part of the Jepson Leadership Forum.
          • The Jepson School hosts the Jepson Colloquium, “For the Greater Good of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership.”
          • Jepson welcomes visiting scholar Valérie Petit, associate professor of management at Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC) Business School in France, where she held the Leadership & Managerial Competencies teaching chair from 2005 to 2008. Her primary teaching areas are organizational behavior and leadership.
          • The Jepson School names University of Richmond alumna Patricia M.C. Brown, president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare and senior counsel for The Johns Hopkins Health System, its leader-in-residence for the 2009-10 academic year. She meets both formally and informally with students, faculty and staff on campus and hosts a Women in Leadership Luncheon at the Jepson Alumni Center. Brown also serves as a panelist and speaker at the Private Money/Public Causes conference and hosts a group of students and faculty at Johns Hopkins.
          • Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, speaks to staff and students at the University of Richmond, discussing his role as a leadership studies professor and active politician.
          • The Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond, Leadership Metro Richmond and LEADVirginia organize a "Community Conversation on the Common Good."
          • The Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Westhampton College co-host “Private Money/Public Causes,” a conference on leadership and philanthropy. Speakers include Deborah Bial, president and founder of The Posse Foundation, Patricia M.C. Brown, president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, and Leigh Carter, founder, executive director and CFO of Fonkoze, USA.
          2010-2011
          • Students receive Jepson summer research grants to support their research with Jepson and University faculty.
          • For the second year in a row, the Jepson School hosts student teams competing in the APPE Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl competition.
          • Jepson Corps, a student emissary group, is developed and the members figure prominently at all University Admission programs about the Jepson School and as participants in Jepson School faculty searches.
          • Former Egyptian deputy minister of foreign affairs Sallama Shaker meets with Jepson students.
          • “Leadership and Global Justice” is the focus of the fifth Jepson Colloquium.
          • The 2010-11 Jepson Leadership Forum highlights global leadership and international challenges. Nobel Laureate F. W. de Klerk, the former president of South Africa who was instrumental in bringing apartheid to a peaceful end, discusses the important lessons of managing change and leadership. Other speakers include renowned historian John Milton Cooper and CNN business correspondent Ali Velshi.
          • The Marshall Center lecture series includes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jack Rakove, political commentator and policy scholar Steven Hayward and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.
          • The Donchian Symposium, “Evolving Perspectives on Ethics” is a collaborative effort of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the Robins School of Business and the School of Law.
          • New faculty books include “Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship: The Civic Costs of the American Way of Life,” by Dr. Thad Williamson, “The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism,” by Dr. Gary McDowell, and “Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them,” by psychologist Scott T. Allison and Jepson professor George R. Goethals.
          • Palgrave Macmillan publishes the fifth volume in the Jepson Studies in Leadership series, “For the Greater Good of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership.”
          • The Jepson Student Government Association develops and presents a speaker series – Kaleidoscope: Leading in a Diverse Society – that features prominent speakers and is well attended. Cleve Jones is among the speakers.
          • Jepson announces the second international photo contest for students studying abroad. The winning entry, “Indian Women: A New Generation of Leaders,” is submitted by Caitlin Manak, ’12.
          • Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine delivers the keynote address at Finale, the School’s annual senior recognition ceremony.
          • Allison Marsh Bogdanovic and David Shimp, ’01, are the recipients of the School’s Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award.
          • The Jepson-Athens Leadership Academy and the Jepson School host a group of high school sophomores and juniors from American Community Schools in Athens.
          • The Jepson School hosts the Annual Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought with Jepson School Dean Sandra J. Peart and George Mason University's David Levy co-directing.
          2011-2012
          • Iwona Kuraszko is the inaugural scholar of the Jepson School’s Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar Program in Leadership and Ethics. The program is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Ukrop and is named in honor of Robert Ukrop’s cousin from Slovakia, who was a resident scholar at the Jepson School in spring 2007.
          • Students in Dr. Gill Robinson Hickman's Theories and Models of Leadership class conduct a total of 14 leadership assessments for Richmond based companies and nonprofit organizations.
          • The School inducts the largest class in its history – 85 students – at Prelude.
          • Seven Jepson students present the findings from their honors research at the first Jepson Honors Symposium.
          • Students again receive Jepson summer research grants to support their research with Jepson and University faculty.
          • The Jepson Alumni Corps is formed in advance of the School’s 20th anniversary.
          • Maj. Gen. Gina Farrisee, W’78, commander of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Ft. Knox, Ky., serves as leader-in-residence.
          • The 2012 Donchian Ethics Symposium brings in experts in law, public policy and philosophy to examine “The Ethics of Assassination.” The keynote speaker is former Navy SEAL and best-selling author Eric Greitens.
          • Jepson announces the third international photo contest for students studying abroad. The winning entry is Julie Yermack’s, ’13, “The Road to Grassroots Organizing.”
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum, “Game Changers: How Women Lead and Change the World,” includes Pulitzer Prize winner Sheryl WuDunn, legendary women’s basketball coach Vivian Stringer, and activist and historian Barbara Ransby.
          • The Marshall Center brings in noted scholars and leaders to discuss topics such as African economic development, crisis communications, the Civil War, the U.S. Constitution and human nature. The Marshall Center conference focuses on “Adam Smith and the Foundations of Modern Freedom.”
          • Palgrave Macmillan publishes two new volumes in the Jepson Studies in Leadership series: "Executive Power in Theory and Practice" and "Leadership and Global Justice."
          • Dr. Kristin Bezio joins the faculty.
          • Drs. Gill Robinson Hickman and J. Thomas Wren receive the Jepson School Award for Leadership and Service at Finale.
          • Michael Stinziano, ’02, a state representative in Ohio, receives the Jepson School's Tenth Year Reunion Award.
          • The Jepson School hosts the Annual Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought with Dr. Sandra J. Peart and George Mason University's Dr. David Levy co-directing.
          • The Jepson Student Government Association is led by Chelsea Shrader, president; Thomas Wilt, vice president for finance and administration; Djole Hinic, vice president for academic affairs; John Rivara, vice preident for student affairs; Anna Von Heill, vice president for public relations; and senators Chelsea Weinberg, Allie Dumke, Molly Cramer, Aubrey James and John Sobieski.
          • Inaugural faculty member Gill Robinson Hickman retires after 20 years of service to the Jepson School.
          2012-2013
          • The Jepson School of Leadership Studies celebrates its 20th anniversary with a gala at the John Marshall Ballrooms in Richmond. Guest speakers Robert S. Jepson, Jr. and Admiral Michael Mullen address a crowd of more than 200.
          • The Jepson School hosts a 20th anniversary symposium on the state of leadership studies. Top leadership studies scholars from around the world gather to discuss the past and future of the field.
          • Inaugural faculty member J. Thomas Wren retires after 20 years of service to the School.
          • The Jepson Leadership Forum, “Groundbreakers: People, Ideas, and Innovations That Changed the World,” features TIME Magazine columnist Joe Klein; strategic adviser Frans Johansson; Shakespeare Behind Bars creator Curt Tofteland; author and nuclear historian Richard Rhodes; and political theorist and former Duke University president Nan Keohane.
          • The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship brings in noted scholars and Václav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic. Klaus addresses a crowd of nearly 300 for a discussion on “Hayek and Today’s World.” His lecture is tied to a “Hayek and the Modern World: Economic Organization and Activity” conference, which brings economists from across the nation to the Jepson School.
          • Drs. Jessica Flanigan, Julian Hayter, Javier Hidalgo and Dejun (Tony) Kong join the faculty.
          • Dr. Al Goethals and Brigadier Gen. John Mountcastle take members of their Civil War Leadership class on a field trip to Gettysburg, Pa.  
          • The School’s founder, Robert S. Jepson, Jr., is the keynote speaker at Finale, the School’s senior recognition ceremony.
          • The School hosts the 13th Annual Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought led by Dean Sandra J. Peart and David M. Levy, professor of economics at George Mason University.
          • The Jepson School institutes its pilot Jepson Intern Institute program. Almost 70 students attend a variety of workshops facilitated mostly by alumni.
          • The Jepson School graduates almost 70 students. Jepson graduates comprise 4 percent of the University’s Phi Beta Kappa recipients, 11 percent of the students elected to Mortar Board and 16 percent of those admitted into Omicron Delta Kappa.
          • The School forms the Jepson Corps, an emissary group of students who serve to educate external parties on the benefits of a Jepson education.
          • Jonathan C. Zur, ’03, president and CEO of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, receives the Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award.
          2013-2014
          • How we influence culture and how culture leads and transforms us is the focus of a yearlong series of events hosted by the Jepson School. The Jepson Leadership Forum, “Culture Shock: The ART of Leading Society,” includes music historian Peter Guralnick, cultural critic Giles Gunn, T.V. critic for The New Yorker Emily Nussbaum, playwright and director Moisés Kaufman, and documentary photographer Janet Jarman. Musician Abigail Washburn performs with Tristan Clarridge and Jeremy Kittel.
          • Gary L. Flowers, a leader in civil rights issues and public policy formation, serves as the School’s leader-in-residence.
          • The Jepson School unveils a portrait of Robert S. Jepson, Jr. and Alice Andrews Jepson that will permanently hang in Heilig-Meyers Lounge in Jepson Hall. The portrait, by local artist Loryn Brazier, was commissioned by the School to celebrate its 20th anniversary and is unveiled at a reception during Reunion Weekend.
          • The Jepson School coordinates the grant-funded Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibit and lecture series at UR Downtown. Speakers include select Jepson faculty members, University President Dr. Edward L. Ayers, Mike Gorman, Rita McClenny and Christy Coleman.
          • The School’s ethics bowl team advances to the national competition.
          • The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship brings in noted scholars Nicola Tynan, John Agresto, Mary Ann Glendon and Fred Rosen to speak on campus.
          • The School hosts the 14th Annual Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought led by Dean Sandra J. Peart and David M. Levy, professor of economics at George Mason University.
          • Jepson School professor Julian Hayter gives the keynote speech at Prelude, the induction ceremony for new students.
          • The Jepson Schools hosts its inaugural E.D.G.E. Institute—Explore. Develop. Gain. Exceed—a series of workshops designed and facilitated by Jepson alumni to help transition current students as they enter internships, careers, or graduate school.
          • Jepson faculty member Peter Kaufman speaks at Senior Banquet.
          • Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of the University, gives the keynote address at Finale, the School’s senior recognition ceremony. He receives a standing ovation from a crowd of almost 400.
          • The Jepson School grants almost 80 degrees to students who comprise 9 percent of the University of Richmond Class of 2014.
          • Matthew B. Zemon, ’94, founder, president and CEO of American Support, receives the first annual Jepson School of Leadership Studies Alumni Award, presented to someone who graduated at least 20 years ago. The award acknowledges significant accomplishments that reflect the mission of the Jepson School.
          • Timothy M. Bezbatchenko, ’04, general manager of major league soccer franchise Toronto FC, receives the Tenth Year Alumni Award.
          • Robert S. Jepson, Jr. and Alice Andrews Jepson, the School’s benefactors, receive the Jepson School Award for Leadership and Service, presented to a person or persons who have taken an active role in community life and set an example for others, and whose actions reflect the mission of the Jepson School.
          2014-2015
          • The 2014–15 Jepson Leadership Forum goes into the fray and examines conflict across contexts. Speakers include Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert (USMC), award-winning historian Robert J. Norrell, anthropologist Polly Wiessner, and singer-songwriter Dar Williams.
          • Third edition of Ethics, the Heart of Leadership, by Joanne Ciulla, is published.
          • Anna Gryaznova is the 2014–15 Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar.
          • Historian Ernesto Semán joins Jepson School faculty. His background includes working as an investigative journalist in Argentina and as a novelist.
          • Jepson students participate in the ILA case competition.
          • Jepson School inducts the largest class in the School’s history at Prelude ceremony.
          • Julian Hayter gives the 2014 Omicron Delta Kappa Last Lecture.
          • Gill Hickman moderates alumni panel discussion on conflict and leadership in New York.
          • Conceptions of Leadership: Enduring Ideas and Emerging Insights, edited by George Goethals, Scott Allison, Roderick Kramer, and David Messick, is published.
          • Jepson team finishes in the top 10 at the National Ethics Bowl competition.
          • Record number of alumni return for the Jepson EDGE Institute.
          • Hayek on Mill: The Mill-Taylor Friendship and Related Writings, edited by Sandra Peart, is published.
          • Sandra Peart presents on women and leadership at San Francisco alumni panel.
          • Presidential Leadership and African Americans: An American Dilemma from Slavery to the White House, by George Goethals, is published.
          • Jepson School wins the University of Richmond’s Spring Deans’ Challenge.
          • Peter Kaufman is named University of Chicago Divinity School Alumnus of the Year.
          • Tom Wren is keynote speaker at the 2015 Finale Ceremony.
          • Crystal Hoyt is promoted to professor of leadership studies and psychology.
          • Meredith Schalick, ’95, receives the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Alumni Award for her work as a clinical associate professor at Rutgers School of Law, where she has devoted her legal career to helping at-risk children. Dr. Allison Kirk Babiuch, ’05, receives the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award for her volunteer efforts to provide medical care for those in need.
          2015-2016
          • The 2014–15 Jepson Leadership Forum, The Fix: Health, Science, and the Future, explores questions about human health and well-being. Speakers include psychologist Maria Konnikova, paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman, and philosopher Peter Singer.
          • Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner is 2016–17 leader-in-residence.
          • College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning, by Don Forsyth, is published.
          • Acclaimed career coach Bonnie Marcus presents on Gender and Ambition.
          • Staging Power in Tudor and Stuart English History Plays: History, Political Thought, and the Redefinition of Sovereignty, by Kristin Bezio, is published.
          • Three Jepson students participate in the National Team Selling Competition.
          • Jepson School hosts alumni panel discussion surrounding the 2015–16 Jepson Leadership Forum reception in Washington, D.C.
          • Jepson School launches Science Leadership Scholars Program.
          • Jepson students attend the United States Naval Academy Leadership Conference and the Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference.
          • Students in the Public Lives, Personal Narratives, and Persona class visit the Executive Mansion for the installation of a portrait of Barbara Johns, a young leader during the Civil Rights Movement.
          • Anna Gryaznova, 2015–16 Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar, organizes visit to Jepson School for MBA students from Moscow State University.
          • Students in the Presidential Leadership class visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and James Monroe’s Ash-Lawn Highland.
          • Jepson School ethics bowl team places third in regional competition and competes in national championship.
          • 39 alumni return for the Jepson EDGE Institute.
          • Into the Fray, co-edited by Don Forsyth and Tony Kong, is published.
          • Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership: Discovering the Better Angels of Our Nature, edited by Scott Allison, Al Goethals, and Craig Kocher, is published.
          • Jepson School wins the University of Richmond’s Spring School Challenge.
          • Chancellor Richard Morrill is keynote speaker at the 2016 Finale Ceremony. Terry Price, receives the Jepson School Award for Leadership and Service, and Joanne Ciulla is recognized for 25 years of service to the University.
          • Jepson Student Harry Lambert, ’16, receives the Jepson School’s James MacGregor Burns Award and The University Mace Award.
          • Singer and songwriter Chris Yurchuck, ’96, receives the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Alumni Award. Michelle Swartz Castiglione, ’06, receives the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award for her work as a senior leadership analyst for the federal government.
          2016-2017
          • Crystal Hoyt becomes associate dean for academic affairs.
          • Economist Haley Harwell joins the Jepson School faculty.
          • Jepson School Dean Sandra Peart forms a new Executive Board of Advisors.
          • Maria Esperanza Casullo, associate professor at Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro in Argentina, is the 2016–17 Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar.
          • Ethan Alexander Davey is the 2016–17 Marshall Center Visiting Research Fellow. His research focuses on nationalism, constitutionalism, political economy, and leadership.
          • During a seven-day trip to the United States, Kenyan students in the Barack Obama Leadership Program visit the Jepson School, where they participate in discussions led by Chris von Rueden and Julian Hayter.
          • Ken Ruscio, president emeritus of Washington & Lee University, president of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and former dean of the Jepson School is 2017–18 leader-in-residence. He hosts two popular panels on topics surrounding the 2016 election and leadership in higher education.
          • The 2016–17 Marshall Center lecture series hosts Jennifer Rubin, Gen. Michael Hayden, Stephen Presser, and Robert Faulkner.
          • The 2016–17 Jepson Leadership Forum, Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial Injustice, traces America’s long struggle for racial justice through slavery and civil war, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement and present day. Speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson and Harvard University historian and law professor Annette Gordon-Reed.
          • The Jepson School launches the new Jepson Leadership Forum Take 5 interview series, in which students host informal interviews with world-renowned scholars and experts.
          • Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership, coedited by Al Goethals, is published by Routledge.
          • In conjunction with the 2016–17 Jepson Colloquium, the Jepson School brings together a panel of local law enforcement officials, visiting historians, and University representatives to discuss how history continues to shape current tensions between law enforcement and African-American communities.
          • Politics, Ethics and Change: The Legacy of James MacGregor Burns, coedited by Al Goethals, is published by Edward Elgar.
          • Students in the Civil War Leadership class visit the Gettysburg battlefields.
          • The Political Leadership class visits the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress.
          • Eighty-five new students are inducted at Prelude. Twelve of these students will participate in the Science Leadership Scholars Program.
          • Bob Pozen, senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, leads students in considering how to be more productive.
          • Julian Hayter moderates the Richmond Justice mayoral debate.
          • The Jepson School hosts an alumni event touring the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Ga.
          • Gill Hickman receives the International Leadership Association’s Leadership Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2016 ILA global conference.
          • Women and Leadership: History, Concepts, and Case Studies, coedited by Al Goethals and Crystal Hoyt, is published by Berkshire Publishing.
          • Escape from Democracy: The Role of Experts and the Public in Economic Policy, coauthored by Sandra Peart, is published by Cambridge University Press.
          • Joanne Ciulla retires from the University. She is given The Jepson School Award for Leadership & Service. In February, she is appointed professor emerita.
          • Thad Williamson is named senior policy adviser to Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
          • Alumni organizers add a new Pre-EDGE workshop to the Jepson EDGE Institute.
          • The Marshall Center hosts a seminar on The Leadership and Legacy of Margaret Thatcher with presentations by Robin Harris, Ambassador John Bolton, and Sir David Cannadine, among others.
          • Eight students present honors theses at the 2017 Jepson Research Symposium and Honors Recognition Ceremony.
          • Augustine’s Leaders, by Peter Kaufman, is published by Wipf and Stock Publishers.
          • The Dream is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia, by Julian Hayter, is published by University of Kentucky Press.
          • Jessica Flanigan receives the 2017 Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty Member of the Year Award.
          • Cofounder and CEO of the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, Dr. Camille T.C. Hammond, ’97, receives the Jepson School Alumni Award.
          • Mark Hickman, ’07, receives the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award for his accomplishments building partnerships among private, public, and nonprofit sectors through his professional and community service.
          • Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney appoints Julian Hayter to the city’s Monument Commission Work Group.

          Highlights

          A bold experiment in higher education, the School celebrated 20 years in 2012-13. Below are a few highlights.

          1987-89: Robert S. Jepson, Jr., '64, and his wife, Alice, announce their intent to provide a $20 million challenge gift to develop a leadership studies program.

          1990-92: Founding faculty members begin designing the curriculum.

          1992-93: The first class enters. General Norman Schwarzkopf is at the dedication of Jepson Hall. Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev is among the year’s keynote speakers and the School helps organize the 1992 Bush-Clinton presidential debate on campus.

          1994-95: Students develop a two-week summer program for emerging high school leaders.

          1995-96: Dr. Thomas Wren publishes "The Leader’s Companion: Insights on Leadership Through the Ages."

          1996-97: The Jepson Leadership Forum is established as a formal lecture series.

          2001-02: Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar James MacGregor Burns rejoins the faculty.

          2002-03: Jepson assists in the formation of the Virginia Leadership Association, a consortium of directors of community leadership programs across the Commonwealth.

          2003-04: The School celebrates 10 years.

          2004-05: W.M. Keck Foundation Awards the Jepson School and two other universities a $400,000 grant for a national leadership project, the “Keck Initiative.”

          2008-09: The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship is established.

          2010-11: Students receive summer research grants. Nobel Laureate F. W. de Klerk, the former president of South Africa who was instrumental in bringing apartheid to a peaceful end, discusses the important lessons of managing change and leadership.

          2011-12: The Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar Program in Leadership and Ethics begins. Students conduct a total of 14 leadership assessments for Richmond based companies and nonprofit organizations. The Jepson Alumni Corps is established.

          2012-13: The School celebrates 20 years.

          2013-14: The Jepson School unveils a portrait of benefactors Robert S. Jepson, Jr. and Alice Andrews Jepson that will permanently hang in Heilig-Meyers Lounge in Jepson Hall.