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. Crystal L. Hoyt
Hoyt Published

Crystal Hoyt, professor of leadership studies and psychology, published "The Implications of Mindsets of Poverty for Stigma Against Those in Poverty" in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 

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Dr. Sandra J. Peart
Peart Published

Sandra J. Peart, dean of the Jepson School and professor of leadership studies, co-wrote the chapter "Responses to Our Commentators" in "Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology: Including a Symposium on the Work of Francois Perroux" published by Emerald Publishing. 

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Dr. Sandra J. Peart
Peart Published

Sandra J. Peart, dean of the Jepson School and professor of leadership studies, co-wrote the article "Menger and Jevons: Beliefs and Things" published in The Review of Austrian Economics. 

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Dr. Crystal L. Hoyt
Hoyt Published

Crystal Hoyt, professor of leadership studies and psychology, published the op-ed "Advancing women in the field of economics is a moral imperative: Why aren't we talking about it?" in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

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