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.

The 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 

Get the latest information on the University's response to COVID-19, campus data, and current stage information.
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, associated professor of leadership studies, co-edited "Religion and the Medieval and Early Modern Global Marketplace," published by Routledge. 

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Dr. Volha (Olga) Chykina
Chykina Published

Volha Chykina, assistant professor of leadership studies, published "Trying to excel in the Golden State: Anti-immigrant sentiment and immigrant educational achievement in California" in Globalisation, Societies and Education.

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Dr. Thad Williamson
Williamson Receives Award

Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies, received the Contribution to the Institution Award from University of Richmond's Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. 

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Dr. Lauren N. Henley
Henley Published

Lauren Henley, assistant professor of leadership studies, published "What It's Like to Start Your First Faculty Job in a Pandemic" in the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

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