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.

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. George R. Goethals
Goethals Published

George R. Goethals, professor of leadership studies, published "Ranking presidential leadership" in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

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Dr. Donelson R. Forsyth
Forsyth Published

Donelson Forsyth, professor of leadership studies, published "Individual differences in ethics positions: The EPQ-5" in PLOS ONE. 

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Dr. Christopher R. von Rueden
von Rueden Published

Chris von Rueden, associate professor of leadership studies, co-authored the article "Opportunities for interaction: Natural observations of children's social behavior in five societies" in Human Nature. 

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Dr. Christopher R. von Rueden
von Rueden Published

Chris von Rueden, associate professor of leadership studies, co-authored the article "Gender differences in social networks based on prevailing kinship norms in the Mosuo of China" in Social Sciences. 

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