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The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Spring 2020

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Spring 2020

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Spring 2020

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Spring 2020

From the Dean

What a rollercoaster ride the last few months have been! None of us could have anticipated the way the coronavirus pandemic has transformed our nation, University, and School. Yet the leadership that has welled up from our Jepson family surely comes as no surprise to any of us.

In this latest edition of the Jepson Update, you’ll read about some of our alumni who are leading the fight against COVID-19 and our faculty experts’ insights on the pandemic.

Our students, too, continue to distinguish themselves as leaders at the School and beyond. Their grace and adaptability under difficult circumstances have been remarkable. Be sure to click on our virtual Finale 2020 in this newsletter to learn about our accomplished Class of 2020, including Dan Mahoney, recipient of the University Mace Award for outstanding student; Eliana Fleischer, recipient of the James MacGregor Burns Award (the School's top honor); and Taylor Hoogsteden and Lina Tori Jan, who received full scholarships through the Jepson Scholars Program to pursue master's degrees at the University of Oxford. 

I am excited and inspired by the ways in which our community of leaders has rallied together during these challenging times. And I am forever grateful for the many ways you give back to the School through your time, talents, and monetary donations. Your support of the School during UR Here Giving Day on May 27 - 28 will ensure we can continue to offer the unique, exceptional educational experience for which we have become known. 

Together, we are making a difference. 


Sandra J. Peart
Dean and E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies
President, Jepson Scholars Program

The Jewel in the Crown

"[Higher education experts] Howard and Matthew Greene deem the university's Jepson School of Leadership Studies the 'jewel in the crown' of its academics. The first of its kind, the program prepares students to become leaders in all areas of society."

So says the College Gazette in naming University of Richmond number seven on its list of "hidden Ivies."

Read more. 

Frontline Warriors

Our alumni are waging war against COVID-19. From all across the country, they are leveraging their leadership skills, scientific knowledge, and medical expertise to fight a virus that is wreaking global devastation.

Read more. 

UR Here Giving Day 2020

Please support the Jepson School during UR Here Giving Day 2020 from noon May 27 – midnight May 28. Your gift during these challenging times will enable us to continue to educate tomorrow’s leaders. Today, more than ever, we need leadership in all walks of life.

Give to the Jepson School and help us change the world.

Finale 2020

On May 9, we celebrated Finale with the Jepson Class of 2020, comprising 75 seniors who majored in, and 15 seniors who minored in, leadership studies. Although this year's Finale was virtual, we look forward to the time when we can come together in person to celebrate our most recent graduates and their many accomplishments.  

Watch Finale. 

Faculty expertise on the coronavirus

Our faculty members have been examining the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on society. They are bringing their multi-disciplinary perspectives to bear on the leader-and-follower dynamics that are playing out during this crisis. 

Read more.

School Feature Stories

Class of 2020 Graduates: Our Newest Alumni
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Contact Us

Jepson School of Leadership Studies
221 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

General Information:

Phone: (804) 289-8008
Fax: (804) 287-6062