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. Kristin M. S. Bezio
Bezio Published

Kristin M. S. Bezio, associate professor of leadership studies, and Anthony Presti Russell, associate professor of English and comparative literature, published their co-edited book "William Shakespeare and 21st-Century Culture, Politics, and Leadership" with Edward Elgar. 

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Dr. Sandra J. Peart
Peart Published

Sandra Peart, Dean of the Jepson School and E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies, published her book "The Essential John Stuart Mill" with the Frasier Institute. 

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Dr. Rana Dajani
Dajani Published

Rana Dajani, leadership studies visiting scholar, co-published "The Effects of Reading-Based Intervention on Emotion Processing in Children Who Have Suffered Early Adversity and War Related Trauma" in Frontiers in Psychology. 

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Dr. George R. Goethals
Goethals Published

George Goethals, professor of leadership studies, published "The 2020 Election and Its Aftermath: Love, Lies, and Ensorceling Leadership" in Leadership.

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