Jepson School of Leadership Studies

The Leader in Leadership

As the nation’s first-ever undergraduate school of leadership studies, the Jepson School takes "leading the way" very seriously.

That’s why we educate tomorrow’s leaders with a world-class program, preparing them for positions that drive real change in their communities and the world.

Through a rigorous curriculum, opportunities for outside experience, and support that extends far beyond their time at Jepson, our students find here a leadership journey unlike any other.

Recently named the "Jewel in the Crown" of the University of Richmond’s academics by College Gazette, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies investigates leadership not only as a position, but also as a process and a relationship among people.

Jepson Leadership Forum

Jepson Leadership Forum

The 2022-23 Jepson Leadership Forum focuses on past and present failures in leadership and followership by shining a spotlight on times where we could – and should – have done better. We invite scholars, experts, and activists to reflect on what went wrong in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, climate change, the U.S. COVID-19 response, historical memory and racism, and higher education crises—and how to do better going forward.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Jepson 

Professor Julian Hayter smiling toward the camera as he is being interviewed by and sitting across from Anderson Cooper. There are television cameras and lights around them.

A Faculty of Experts

Jepson faculty help students hone their leadership skills. They also hold prominent places in national and international media, providing insightful opinions and expert views on leadership and issues of the day.

Students in the Well-Being Center.

Alumni Who Lead

Graduates leave Richmond with knowledge of leadership frameworks and with the critical thinking and communication skills that enable them to excel in their chosen careers.

Scholars & Practitioners

Dr. Christopher R. von Rueden
von Rueden Published

Christopher von Rueden, associate professor of leadership studies, published "Unmaking egalitarianism: Comparing sources of political change in an Amazonian society" in Evolution and Human Behavior. 

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Dr. Frank Abumere
Abumere Published

Frank Abumere, the Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting International Scholar at the Jepson School, published his book "African Identities and International Politics" with Routledge. 

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Dr. Frank Abumere
Abumere Published

Frank Abumere, the Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting International Scholar at the Jepson School, published his book "Normativity in African Regional Relations" with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 

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Dr. Frank Abumere
Abumere Published

Frank Abumere, the Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting International Scholar at the Jepson School, published his book "Migration from Nigeria and the Future of Global Security" with Palgrave Macmillan. 

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