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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

From the Dean

A recent snowfall blanketed our campus, transforming it into a picture-perfect dreamland. As I watched students make their way to class through the snowy 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, with most students and faculty participating in person, while others participate virtually this semester.

I am also thankful for our alumni, who have rallied to support our students in these challenging times 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 through memory lane with our Valentine’s Day retrospective of 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--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 has been able to contribute to transportation access, while also addressing climate change. 

Read more. 

Adrienne Smith, '98, follows her passion to Napa Valley

First came the coronavirus pandemic. Then the economic fallout. Then the raging fires that turned the sky orange. When faced with such adversity, many would admit defeat. Adrienne Capps Smith, '98, general manager of a California winery, got creative.

Read more. [I will add this hyperlink when I receive the photo from Adrienne and can publish her story. I will also swap out the photo of Gary for a photo of Adrienne.]


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. 

Listen to the interview.

Student Stories

Alumni Voices

Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement and Inclusion Initiatives, College of William & Mary Watch Video
Consultant, Bain & Company Watch Video
Senior Product Manager, Accolade, Inc. Watch Video
International Program Manager, United States Department of Defense Watch Video
Attorney and Judge Advocate, United States Navy Watch Video
Attorney and President, Asurest Watch Video
Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Watch Video
Third-year medical student, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Watch Video
Director of Global Philanthropy, Global Citizen Watch Video
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University of Richmond, VA 23173

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