The Jepson Update

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Winter 2022

From the Dean

Sandra Peart

The pace of life has quickened at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, as our campus and world increasingly open up. At the beginning of February, I traveled to England with University of Richmond President Emeritus Ronald A. Crutcher and Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher to discuss the Jepson Scholars Program with University of Oxford faculty and administrators (pictured above). Ron and I serve as chairman and president of the Jepson Scholars Foundation, respectively. We are pleased to report that our three current Jepson Scholars are thriving at Oxford and the prospects for future collaborations with Oxford are bright.   

Back on campus, our faculty and students continue their energetic pursuit of scholarly excellence. On Feb. 10-12, we hosted the highly successful Ethics of Choice Conference, which drew scholars and experts from our campus and beyond. Seven leadership studies students and recent graduates, all mentored by Dr. Crystal Hoyt, presented their research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual convention in San Francisco Feb 16-19.

Our dedicated alumni delivered a stellar Jepson EDGE Institute on Feb. 20. We are grateful to all those who shared their career insights and expertise during this annual professional development program for our juniors. 

Our Gary L. McDowell Institute Student Fellows are reading and discussing Jonathan Rauch’s book “The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth.” Rauch, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, will join the McDowell Fellows March 29 to unpack Americans’ struggle to distinguish fact from fiction.   

Our next Jepson Leadership Forum, scheduled for March 15, features Anne Applebaum, a journalist and expert on the unfolding Russia-Ukraine crisis. Please join us for this timely program as well as for the University’s Reunion Weekend June 3-5.

Thank you for your interest in and support of the Jepson School. Enjoy this issue of the Jepson Update!

Gratefully yours,

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

Jepson Hall with tulips blooming

UR awarded $500K grant for McDowell Institute

The University of Richmond has received a $500,000 grant from The Pauley Family Foundation to support programming for the Gary L. McDowell Institute at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. 

Greg Efthimiou headshot

Leading workforce communications at a Fortune 100 company

Inform, engage, inspire. These are the communications goals championed by Greg Efthimiou, ’99, Vice President, Internal Communications and Community Relations at Honeywell, a Charlotte, N.C.-based Fortune 100 industrial technology company.

Jepson School professor Jessica Flanigan and George Mason University professor Tyler Cowen at the conference plenary session

The Ethics of Choice Conference

A University-wide initiative spearheaded by the Jepson School, the Ethics of Choice Conference gathered academics and experts from at least nine states, four countries, and 16 universities to debate a wide range of ethical issues. University of Richmond leadership studies professor Jessica Flanigan and George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen, pictured at left, kicked off the conference Feb. 10 with a lively plenary session. 

Lynsay Belshe by VT monitoring screens

Directing organizational change in higher education

The return of over 30,000 students. Two tornados touching down mere miles from campus. A 65,000-plus capacity crowd at a football game—during a pandemic. These were among the challenges demanding the attention of Lynsay Belshe, ’98, during her first few weeks as Vice President for Enterprise Administrative and Business Services at Virginia Tech.

Graphic image of a young Sarah Rector

"The Richest Black Girl in America": Professor’s article acquired for film

Professor Lauren Henley’s article “The Richest Black Girl in America,” about a young Black girl’s struggle to retain her sudden wealth against constant threats in the early 1900s, has caught the attention of two Hollywood players.
Jepson Forum image with Anne Applebaum insert

Jepson Leadership Forum to feature Russia-Ukraine expert

Join us March 15, either in person or via livestream, for the next Jepson Leadership Forum, featuring journalist and Pulitzer prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum. She has written extensively about democratic and authoritarian governments and is covering the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

School Stories

Mimi Laws playing her viola in Perkinson Recital Hall
February 14, 2022
Mimi Laws, '22
Violoist seeks to share her love of music through a career in arts management
Matt Barnes standing by arch
February 8, 2022
Matthew Barnes, '22
Science Leadership Scholar researches and designs technology to support human flourishing
Ally Osterberg outside Jepson Hall
January 19, 2022
Ally Osterberg, '22
Longtime volunteer researches the impact of volunteering on college students' morality
Maha Hassan outside Jepson Hall
January 5, 2022
Maha Hassan, '22

Senior compares, contrasts U.S. and South Asian policies on gender, class, race, and nationalism

Olivia Podber in a CVS Pharmacy
December 1, 2021
Olivia Podber, '22
A CVS internship provides senior with health care experience and a career path
Snowy Day
  • Jepson Hall and Stern Plaza
  • Jepson Hall
  • Stern Plaza
  • Boatwright Library
  • Forum
  • Westhampton Lake
  • Gottwald Science Center
  • Chapel
  • Jepson Hall through arch
  • students in front of Jepson Hall

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

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