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The Jepson Update

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

The Jepson Update

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

The Jepson Update

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

The Jepson Update

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

From the Dean

The new semester has started with a bang! Two weekends ago, I attended the Georgia Historical Society’s 2020 Trustees Gala in Savannah, Ga., where Jepson School visionary Robert S. Jepson Jr. was inducted as a Georgia Trustee, the state’s highest honor.

That same weekend, almost 50 alumni were on campus to lead our annual Jepson EDGE Institute, a professional development program for our juniors.

This weekend, two current Jepson students and two recent Jepson graduates, mentored by Dr. Crystal Hoyt, will present their research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in New Orleans, La. We eagerly anticipate learning more about their and other Jepson students’ research at the Jepson Research Symposium in Jepson Hall in April. 

I'm pleased to share that we are almost 90 percent of the way to our $250,000 Profile-Raising Initiative goal. I hope you will consider a gift to Jepson to help us reach our goal. 

In the meantime, enjoy catching up on all our news in this Jepson Update. I hope to see you May 29-31 for Reunion Weekend!



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

Robert Jepson inducted as Georgia Trustee

On Feb. 15, Robert S. Jepson Jr., B’64, GB’75, H’87, became a Georgia Trustee, an honor reserved for Georgia’s most notable leaders.

More than 500 people, including University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher, Dr. Betty Crutcher, and Jepson School Dean Sandra Peart, flocked to the Savannah Convention Center for the black-tie Georgia Historical Society Trustees Gala. There, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Historical Society President and CEO W. Todd Groce inducted Jepson and Georgia architect and civic leader Robert L. Brown Jr. as Georgia Trustees.  

Read more. 

Reunion Weekend and Alumni Awards

Save the date for Reunion Weekend 2020, May 29-31! All alumni are welcome. Registration will open in mid-March. If you graduated in 1995, 2000, 2005, 1010, or 2015, check the Reunion Weekend website for updates on special celebrations for your class. 

Do you know former Jepson School classmates who have exhibited exemplary qualities of professional achievement, scholarly achievement, and/or community or public service? Nominate them by March 13 for the Tenth-Year Reunion Recognition Award or for the Alumni Award!  

All in the Family

The Cramer family story is a love story. Love for one another. Love for the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and the University of Richmond. Love for making a difference.

Read more. 

Jepson alum to head economic analysis at U.S. Chamber

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently chose Jepson alumnus Curtis Dubay, '02, as its senior economist, responsible for its analysis of the U.S. and global economies. 


Meet David Wilkins, Jepson's newest faculty member

Dr. David E. Wilkins joined the Jepson School faculty in August as the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies. A citizen of the Lumbee Nation of North Carolina, his scholarship focuses on Native politics and governance. The American Political Science Association awarded him the Daniel Elazar Distinguished Federalism Scholar Award in 2019. 

Read his Q&A.

SPIDER Talks with Dr. Don Forsyth

"Groups hold the secret to the universe, the interpersonal universe at least," leadership studies professor and social psychologist Don Forsyth tells University of Richmond President Ronald Crutcher in this recent SPIDER Talks interview.  

Watch the SPIDER Talks video. 

Help us raise the profile of the Jepson School

In a directive driven by and in collaboration with the Jepson School's Executive Board of Advisors, we are executing a national marketing campaign telling the world who we are, what we do, and what employers can expect from Jepson graduates. The stategic communications campaign will increase the School's visibility among national and international leaders. It's our time to tell your story, and we hope you will consider a gift to Jepson to help us begin. 

2020 Jepson EDGE Institute
Co-chairs Erin Dunstan, '17, and Jessica Ruzic, '10, kicked off the 2020 Jepson EDGE Institute.
Nearly 70 Jepson alumni planned and implemented the 2020 EDGE, including nearly 50 who were on campus to lead workshops.
Braxton Bragg, '06, and Brittney Quinones, '13, paired the mentees with their mentors at the opening session.
Stay in touch

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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