Leader-in-Residence Program

Since its founding, the University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies has invited local, state, and national leaders to play an active role in the Jepson community as leaders-in-residence. This program allows students to interact with leaders in formal and informal settings.

Usually, the honoree offers students multiple opportunities for learning and networking. Students have observed courtroom proceedings, shadowed a mayor through a day's activities, and enjoyed a backstage view of the performing life. The leader-in-residence may also participate in classroom settings, lead discussions, give lectures, or host presentations.

Past Leaders-in-Residence

  • Ayesha Rascoe, White House reporter for National Public Radio, and Michael Paul Williams, columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Jennifer McClellan, Virginia state senator and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 2018-19
  • Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., Senior Scientist Emerita, National Institutes of Health; Founding Director (Retired), Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH, 2017–18
  • Dr. Kenneth P. Ruscio, president, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, president emeritus, Washington & Lee University, 2016–17
  • David Gardner, co-founder and chief rule breaker, The Motley Fool, 2015–16
  • Edwin Meese III, former attorney general of the United States, 2014–15
  • Gary L. Flowers, former executive director and CEO of Black Leadership Forum Inc., an alliance of national African-American civil rights and service organizations, spring 2014
  • Maj. Gen. Gina Farrisee, commander of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Ft. Knox, Ky., 2011–12
  • Patricia M.C. Brown, president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC, 2010
  • Leland Melvin, astronaut and University alumnus, 2008–09
  • Leo K. Thorsness, retired Air Force Colonel and Medal of Honor recipient, 2007–08
  • Dr. Walter Witschey, director of The Science Museum of Virginia, 2006–07
  • Dr. Billy Cannaday,superintendent of Chesterfield County Schools, and, later, state superintendent of schools for the Commonwealth, 2004–05
  • Dr. Eugene Hickok, former U.S. undersecretary of education and acting deputy secretary, 2003–04
  • Eva Hardy, an executive at Dominion Resources and former high-level state government appointee, 2002–03
  • Gregory Wingfield, CEO of the economic development organization Greater Richmond Partnership, 2001–02
  • The Rev. Dr. John Kinney, dean of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, 1999–00
  • Tim Kaine, former mayor of Richmond, former governor of Virginia, U.S. senator, 1998–99
  • Stoner Winslett, artistic director of the Richmond Ballet, 1996–97
  • Kimberly O’Donnell, Judge, the Richmond Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, City of Richmond, 1995-96
  • Dr. Calvin D. Jamison, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Hampton University, formerly Richmond city manager and an executive with Ethyl Corp., 1994–95
  • Wallace Stettinius, business executive; Mary Tyler Cheek, civic leader; Mary Sue Terry and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, 1993–94
  • Mary Sue Terry, former attorney general and Virginia gubernatorial candidate, 1992