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

The 2021-22 Jepson Leadership Forum invites scholars, activists, and experts to discuss the moral, ethical, and legal implications of global migration and asylum. Join us as we explore how leaders and communities navigate the economic, social, and cultural transformations of a world with – and without – borders and walls.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Jepson 

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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. Marilie Coetsee
Coetsee Published

Marilie Coetsee, assistant professor of leadership studies, published "Consensus, Convergence, and COVID-19: The Ethical Role of Religious Reasons in Leaders' Response to COVID-19" in the journal Leadership. 

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Dr. Peter Iver Kaufman
Kaufman Published

Peter Kaufman, professor of leadership studies, published "Hopefully, Augustine" in the journal Augustinian Studies. 

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Dr. Javier Hidalgo
Hidalgo Published

Javier Hidalgo, associate professor of leadership studies, published "You Survive Teletransportation" in the journal Think.  

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Dr. Javier Hidalgo
Hidalgo Published

Javier Hidalgo, associate professor of leadership studies, published "Brock on Open Borders" in the journal Philosophy and Public Issues. 

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