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The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • November 2015

From the Dean

Dean Sandra J. PeartAs this newsletter is being prepared, very different sets of events draw our attention. On one hand, we look to the holiday season, a period of thankfulness and reflection. At the same time, unrest on college campuses reminds us that there is much to be done to ensure that educational opportunities are accessible and that all students are able to succeed and flourish. The tragedies in Paris, Lebanon, Kenya, and elsewhere remind us that our students and alumni face enormously complex leadership challenges with life and death consequences.

I’m grateful for the faculty, staff, alumni, and students at Jepson. While we can always do more, I know that the University of Richmond offers a nurturing educational experience for all students. Students at the Jepson School are offered an unparalleled leadership education that will enable them to tackle hard problems in the future. Please enjoy this update on the many programs and achievements of the School that form the basis for my optimism.


Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

Jepson School Feature Stories

News & Updates

Jepson School faculty join alumni in Washington, D.C., for reception and discussion panel

In November, Dean Sandra Peart, Drs. Jess Flanigan, Gill Hickman, Terry Price, Kerstin Soderlund, and Tom Wren joined Jepson alumni in Washington, D.C., for a reception and panel discussion surrounding the 2015-16 Jepson Leadership Forum theme, “The Fix: Health, Science, and the Future.” Panelists were John Sobieski, ’14, Kent Corso, ’00, Amy Silverstein Levner, ’97, and Elizabeth DeVoss, ’95.

Jepson School Ethics Bowl team advances to national championships

Jepson School Ethics Bowl team members Harry Lambert, '16, Rebecca Robinson, '16, Cassie DeCesare, '16, and Austin Shepherd, '16, placed third in the Southeastern Regional Division of the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition. The Jepson team, coached by Dr. Jess Flanigan, will be one of 36 teams to compete in the national championship in Washington, D.C., in February.

Faculty news and publications

Julian Hayter commented on the use of political ads in the 2015 race for Virginia's 10th Senate District seat in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Sandra Peart argued for the importance of thankfulness and remembering in an op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Dr. Peart also co-authored an article published in the Journal of Economic Literature
Don Forsyth's book College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning was published by the American Psychological Association in early November.
Chris von Rueden co-edited the December 2015 issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Alumni updates

Gretchen West, ’96, joined the Government Regulatory practice of Hogan Lovells US LLP as senior advisor for innovation and technology.
Katherine A. Nunziata, ’12, joined Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP as an associate in the firm’s governmental affairs group.
Lesley Scearce, ’00, was named president/CEO of United Way Chattanooga.
Greer Myers,’95, was appointed president of Turn Key Health and senior vice-president of Enclara Pharmacia.
Ian Koffler, ’99, was appointed to the Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators by Governor Rick Snyder.

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Overheard at select Jepson events

Prelude Ceremony "Jepson is the kind of place that challenges not only what you know but also what you believe." —Brandon Waller, '17
How to Do the Most Good "To work out the most good you can do, you need to use not only your heart but also your head." —Peter Singer, Princeton University professor who has been called the world's most influential living philosopher
Gender and Ambition "Ambition requires mastery of a skill and then recognition of that skill." —Bonnie Marcus, certified executive coach, speaker, and author
Fall 2015 at the Jepson School

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University of Richmond, VA 23173

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