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The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Spring 2019

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Spring 2019

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Spring 2019

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Spring 2019

From the Dean

As another academic year draws to a close, I couldn’t be more pleased with the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni. At Senior Banquet, Finale, and Commencement, we celebrated members of the Jepson School Class of 2019, one of the largest graduating classes in our School’s history, with 74 majors and 10 minors. By way of comparison, we had 38 Jepson majors and 18 minors in 2009—so we’ve seen almost a 100 percent increase in our majors in a decade!

Our 2019 graduates have accepted jobs with KPMG, the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Vanguard, Princeton University, the U.S. Department of Justice, Teach for America, and more. Others will be pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Oxford, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Chicago, and other institutions.

Jepson faculty continue making invaluable contributions to academia and the community. This newsletter features two of them—Jessica Flanigan, University of Richmond’s inaugural ethics fellow, and Julian Hayter, a recent appointee to the city of Richmond’s new History and Culture Commission.

I am grateful indeed for the generosity of alumni who give of their time—83 alumni helped plan the 2019 Jepson EDGE Institute—and resources—we more than doubled the School’s fundraising goal for UR’s inaugural UR Here Giving Day. For those of you who registered to attend Reunion Weekend, May 31-June 2, I look forward to thanking you in person.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and find some time for relaxation and renewal this summer.


Sandra J. Peart
Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

The Jepson EDGE

This year, the Jepson EDGE Institute, a professional development program targeting Jepson School juniors, was a resounding success, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of our alumni. Eighty-three Jepson alumni helped plan the 2019 EDGE, and 48 were on hand to lead workshops and small group discussions on Feb. 17.   

Read more. 

Homecoming Brunch

Be our guest at the Jepson Alumni Homecoming Brunch on Saturday, Nov. 2! Thanks to the generosity of Jepson alumni and friends, we more than doubled the School's fundraising goal for the inaugural UR Here Annual Giving Day, thereby meeting and exceeding Dean Peart's Homecoming brunch challenge.

We'll be in touch closer to Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 1-3, with more details. In the meantime, hold the date and check the UR Homecoming website for periodic updates. 

Ethics Fellow Jessica Flanigan

What are the ethical implications of purchasing R. Kelly CDs or concert tickets when the singer-songwriter has been accused of sexual abuse? If you see a trolley speeding down the track, should you pull the switch to divert the trolley from running over five people lying on the main track, but thereby cause the trolley to run over one person on the side track?

Dr. Jessica Flanigan, associate professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics, and law (PPEL), asks students to consider these types of ethical dilemmas.

Read more.

Julian Hayter Named to History and Culture Commission

Julian Hayter, associate professor of leadership studies, has been appointed to Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s History and Culture Commission. Hayter along with eight other commission members will advise the mayor on issues of historical and cultural significance in Richmond.

Read more. 

Interested in Serving on the Jepson Alumni Corps?

The Jepson Alumni Corps (JAC) provides guidance to the School's dean and staff, educates interested parties about the School, articulates the value of the Jepson curriculum, strengthens the Jepson alumni network, and forges mechanisms for the School's diverse alumni to build relationships, mentor, and educate current Jepson students. 

If you have never served on JAC but are interested, please complete this short online form. If you are a current JAC member who either plans to continue serving or would like to step down, please complete this short online form.

Leadership On and Off the Field

In her "Leadership Speculations" blog post about Griffin Trau, '18, Dean Sandra Peart reflects on how the Jepson alumnus and Fulbright grant recipient has applied his leadership studies major both on and off the field.

Read the blog post. 

The Jepson Leadership Forum

More than 2,200 people attended speaker presentations during the 2018-19 Jepson Leadership Forum, which asked the question “Does Democracy Work?” Watch the lecture videos and get to know the speakers by viewing the Take 5 interview videos conducted by Jepson School students.

Our 2019-20 Jepson Leadership Forum will focus on “Digital Dystopias: Truth and Representation in the Internet Age.” Continue to check our website throughout the summer for details and information.

Jepson Class of 2019 Feature Stories

2019 EDGE
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University of Richmond, VA 23173

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