The Jepson Update

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Winter 2023

From the Dean

Sandra Peart

Our 30th anniversary year is flying by, with only a week remaining before spring break begins. Just last week, we wrapped up our 2022-23 Jepson Leadership Forum with a lively presentation by economist Alex Tabarrok on the failures and successes of U.S. COVID-19 policy. Videos of four of this year’s five Forum presentations, which focused on lessons learned from leadership failures, are now online.

Our faculty have been busy publishing articles and chapters in academic journals and books. Many also share their scholarship with a general audience through mainstream media outlets. Just this month, two faculty articles—one by Dr. Julian Hayter on voting rights and one by Dr. Al Goethals on presidential rankings—appeared in the online news platform The Conversation and were subsequently picked up by Yahoo! News and other media.

Our students are excelling as well. Recently, three leadership studies undergraduates and a 2021 leadership studies graduate were among 10 Spiders named Fulbright semi-finalists.

This past Sunday, the Jepson Alumni Center buzzed with excitement and energy as many of our graduates shared their professional expertise with our juniors during our annual Jepson EDGE Institute, the School’s professional development program. On Monday, many alumni also attended the Jepson Alumni Corps meeting, where we discussed student recruitment and mentoring efforts, and the Executive Board of Advisors meeting, where we discussed the success of the School’s profile-raising campaign, among other things.

I hope to see many more of you June 2-4 during the University of Richmond Reunion Weekend. Consider nominating a member of the Jepson Class of 2013 for the Tenth-Year Reunion Recognition Award or a leadership studies classmate who graduated at least 20 years ago for the Alumni Award.

Also, please consider showing your Jepson love by donating to the School during the annual UR Here Giving Day, April 4-5. I am deeply grateful for all you do to support the School with your gifts of time, talent, and money. Together, we are #LeadingTheWay!

Please stay in touch and enjoy this latest issue of the Jepson Update!

Best wishes,

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

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf giving the keynote remarks at the September 1992 inauguration of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

Jepson at 30: Looking back and moving forward

At the University of Richmond’s 1987 commencement, alumnus Robert S. Jepson Jr. and his wife, Alice Andrews Jepson, offered the University a $20 million challenge gift to create a leadership studies program and an academic building to house it. Their vision became a reality on Sept. 9, 1992, with the inauguration of the nation’s first undergraduate school of leadership studies.

Paul Jakubowski headshot

Overcoming the challenges of market uncertainty

Keep the client at the center. This guiding principle has served Paul Jakubowski, ’00, well in almost 23 years at Vanguard. Never more so than during the past year of market volatility, says the Vanguard principal and head of Financial Planning and Analysis and Strategic Services. 

Leadership studies assistant professor Bo Yun Park in front of Jepson Hall

Meet Dr. Bo Yun Park

Get to know the Jepson School’s new assistant professor of leadership studies and sociology, Dr. Bo Yun Park. She grew up in Paris and now studies culture and politics, often in a comparative international context. 

Curtis Dubay, '02, with his son

One part data, one part art

As chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, leadership studies alumnus Curtis Dubay, ’02, is keeping his eyes on the economic impact of COVID-19 and the evolving labor market. 

headshots of Drs. Al Goethals, Julian Hayter, David Wilkins, and Sandra Peart

Faculty in the news

Jepson faculty often lend their expert insights on current issues by writing articles for media outlets and websites and giving interviews. Recently, both Dr. Julian Hayter’s article on civil rights and voting rights and Dr. Al Goethals’ article on presidential rankings published in The Conversation and subsequently appeared in Yahoo! News. Dr. David Wilkins’ blog post on the Doctrine of Discovery published on the website of the same name. The Essential Scholars podcast featured Dr. Sandra Peart’s interview on the economic philosophy of John Stuart Mill and its relevance to today’s economy.   

Jepson at Cambridge Program participants at the front gate of Emmanuel College

Jepson at Cambridge

After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the popular Jepson at Cambridge Program returned in summer 2022. Nine undergraduates joined 11 law school students to study comparative U.K.-U.S. law at the University of Cambridge and immerse themselves in British culture. 
Headshots of Leader-in-Residence Sam Deloria and Scholar-for-a-Day Roosevelt Montas

Leader-in-Residence and Scholar-for-the-Day to give public lectures

Join us on March 14 for Jepson School Leader-in-Residence Philip S. "Sam" Deloria’s presentation on an Indigenous view of institutional racism and on March 16 for McDowell Institute Scholar-for-the-Day Roosevelt Montás’ presentation on the relevance of Western Civilization’s great books.

Jepson students wearing Jepson swag

Get your Jepson swag today!

You asked, and we heard you. Jepson swag is now available for purchase online. Buy some for yourself and for your Jepson friends and family members. Nothing says Jepson love like Jepson swag! 

Jepson EDGE Institute
  • Jepson EDGE Institute
    Leadership studies alumni planned and led the 2023 Jepson EDGE Institute, the Jepson School's annual professional development program for juniors.
  • Breakfast Reception
    Held in the Jepson Alumni Center on Feb. 19, EDGE kicked off with a breakfast reception.
  • Breakfast Reception
  • Welcome
    Dean Sandra J. Peart welcomed everyone to EDGE.
  • 2023 Jepson EDGE Institute
  • EDGE Co-chairs
    EDGE co-chairs Benedict Roemer, '19, and Erin Dunstan Price, '17, gave the opening remarks.
  • 2023 Jepson EDGE Institute
  • Students attend a session
    Students attended three professional development sessions between noon and 3:30 p.m.
  • Alumni panel
    Joseph Greener, '13, makes a point during the the Making the Most of Your Internship session.
  • Elevator Pitch
    Matt Reinaker, '02, co-led the session Refining and Practicing Your Elevator Pitch.
  • Alumni panel
    A panel of alumni present the Many Paths, Many Ways session.
  • Many Paths session
  • Networking
    Students had the opportunity to connect one-on-one with alumni during speed networking later in the afternoon, before ending the day with an evening reception.
  • Networking
  • 2023 EDGE Institute
  • Networking
  • Matthew May, '10, makes a point
  • Networking
  • Thank you!
    Thanks to all our alumni who planned EDGE and to those who traveled from near and far to implement the program. It was a great success!
  • 2024 Jepson EDGE Institute
    Jepson EDGE Institute: Explore, Develop, Gain, Exceed

School Stories

January 19, 2023
Embracing Diverse Viewpoints
A generous Pauley Family Foundation grant supports academic programming at the Gary L. McDowell Institute.
Nico Ellis, '23, introduced speaker Anne Applebaum at the Jepson Leadership Forum on March 15, 2022.
February 2, 2023
Nico Ellis, '23

Senior embraces myriad opportunities to explore democratic social policies and governance

Josie Holland, '23, in front of Jepson Hall
January 25, 2023
Josie Holland, '23

Senior looks to the past to imagine a better, more inclusive future

Kathryn Reda, '23, stands by a window inside Jepson Hall
December 20, 2022
Kathryn Reda, '23

Respecting science as apolitical is key to a healthy democracy, says Science Leadership Scholar

uring a take for the film
December 13, 2022
Oona Elovaara, ’23

International student applies leadership studies and theatre education to film production internship

Sarah Schalkoff, '23, wearing a traditional Japanese kimono
November 30, 2022
Sarah Schalkoff, '23

Study-abroad semesters and a UN internship feed student's interest in intercultural experiences 

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Jepson School of Leadership Studies
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University of Richmond, VA 23173

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