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.

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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.

Kate Rezabek, '02, and Joseph Greener, '13, speaking at the 2023 Jepson EDGE Institute

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Jepson 

Scholars & Practitioners

Dr. Lauren N. Henley
Henley Awarded

Lauren Henley, assistant professor of leadership studies, received the Faculty Member of the Year Award from the Epsilon Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. 

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Dr. George R. Goethals
Goethals Awarded

George Goethals, professor of leadership studies emeritus, received the Jepson School Award for Leadership and Service upon his retirement in May. 

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Dr. Sandra J. Peart
Peart Published

Sandra J. Peart, dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, published her essay "Mill's Harm Principle: A Study in the Application of 'On Liberty'" with the Fraser Institute. 

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Dr. Volha (Olga) Chykina
Chykina Awarded

Volha Chykina, assistant professor of leadership studies, received the American Educational Research Association's 2023 Outstanding Paper Award for her research paper "Expecting to Achieve Against the Odds: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and Immigrants' Educational and Occupational Expectations in Europe." 

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