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The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Winter 2021

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Winter 2021

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Winter 2021

The Jepson Update

A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Jepson School • Winter 2021

From the Dean

A recent snowfall transformed our campus overnight. As I watched students make their way to class through the wintry landscape, I was reminded once again of how fortunate we are to be a part of the Jepson and University of Richmond communities. I am thankful for our faculty and staff who have worked together to deliver the Jepson School’s unique curriculum through a quality, hybrid instruction model. This semester, like last, most students and faculty are participating in classes in person, while others are participating virtually.

I also am thankful for our alumni, who have rallied in these challenging times to support our students' professional development by offering a virtual Jepson EDGE Institute. They will hold a kick-off event on Feb. 20, followed by workshops and mentoring sessions presented over several weeks.

Please enjoy this issue of the Jepson Update, which features stories of alumni who have applied their leadership studies education in diverse fields, from a Walgreens executive, to an NIH researcher turned medical school student, to a transportation executive, to a winery manager, to the president of a professional soccer team. Listen to an interview with Jepson School benefactor Robert S. Jepson Jr. Make plans to join us for two upcoming Gary L. McDowell Institute lectures. Last, but certainly not least, take a walk down memory lane with our Valentine’s Day retrospective of some Jepson alumni couples.

Wishing you good health and happiness in 2021!


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

Ed Kaleta, '95, at forefront of COVID-19 battle

Walgreens executive Ed Kaleta, '95, has taken a lead in the COVID-19 testing and vaccination rollouts. "Sometimes you work your entire career for a moment like this," he says. 


Leland Damron, '18, conducts HIV research at NIH

Her Jepson internship working with HIV-positive patients at a Tanzanian hospital led Leland Damron, '18, first to a National Institutes of Health HIV research lab and then to medical school. 


Maurice Henderson, '97, at nexus of transportation, environmental stewardship

Issues of access, including access to quality education, healthcare, and transportation, have always been top of mind for Maurice Henderson, '97. As senior director of government partnerships at the micromobility company Bird, he contributed to transportation access, while also addressing climate change. Recently the Biden administration appointed Henderson senior advisor to Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Read more. 

Adrienne Smith, '98, pursues her dream career in Napa Valley

After 20-plus years as a highly respected fund-raising professional, Adrienne (Capps) Smith, '98, pivoted to pursue her dream career in the wine and food industry. The general manager of a Napa Valley winery has used her creativity to turn the challenges of 2020 into success. 

Read more. 

Tim Bezbatchenko, '04, guides team to Major League Soccer championship

In a year when many sports were put on hold, Tim Bezbatchenko, president and general manager of the Columbus Crew SC, helped lead his team to victory in the Major League Soccer championship game. 

Read more. 

Robert S. Jepson Jr. discusses School's origins in interview

Jepson School benefactor Robert S. Jepson Jr. shares the School's history from inception to the present in an interview with leadership studies professor Julian Hayter. 

Watch the interview.

McDowell Institute to offer spring lecture series

The Gary L. McDowell Institute will offer a virtual lecture series this spring: On March 24, Yuval Levin of the American Enterprise Institute will discuss the need to recommit to and rebuild America's democratic institutions. Charles Moore, author of the three-volume Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, will discuss the Iron Lady's leadership on April 14. 

Check the McDowell Institute website in the coming weeks for registration information. 

Student Stories

Valentine's Day Gallery
This Valentine's Day, we are celebrating some of the alumni couples who fell in love while they were students at the Jepson School.
The Jepson Class of 1994 produced not only the School's first graduates, but also the greatest number of alumni marriages--three! Can you identify...
Jimmie Gahagan, '94, and Cheryl Hubbard, '94, met their first week of college in a school van on the way to a tubing trip down the James River. T...
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