Lees-McRae College will hold Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at the Williams Physical Education Center. Approximately 230 graduates will become the newest members of the Lees-McRae Alumni Association when degrees are conferred upon them.
Lees-McRae College Board of Trustee member Mr. Robert S. Jepson will deliver the commencement address.
A live webcast of commencement will be available at www.lmc.edu beginning at 9:45 a.m. Check the website for updates.
About the Commencement Speaker
Robert Jepson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jepson Associates, Inc., a private investment firm which he founded in 1989. He was formally chairman and CEO of the Jepson Corporation, a Fortune 500 diversified manufacturing conglomerate, listed on the NYSE, which he sold in 1989. In 1993, he became Chairman of Kuhlman Corporation, also a NYSE listed diversified manufacturing company, where he engineered a restructuring that resulted in the successful sale of the company to Borg-Warner Automotive in 1999.
Mr. Jepson and his wife, Alice Andrews Jepson, focus much of their philanthropy on higher education and are known benefactors in the field. Among their most notable contributions is the University of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Studies, founded in 1992. The school is the only one of its kind in American academia. Mr. Jepson earned two degrees from the University of Richmond: a B.S.B.A. in 1964 and an M.S. in Commerce in 1975. The University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree in 1987, the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in 1992, the Trustee Distinguished Service Award in 1994, and the President’s Medal in 2002. In 1996, the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society awarded him the Medallion for Entrepreneurship. In 2008, The National Leadership Honor Society of Omicron Delta Kappa presented him with their Laurel Crowned Circle Award. He has also been awarded honorary degrees by eight other American institutions of higher education.
Mr. Jepson currently serves on the Board of Dominion Resources, Inc., in Richmond, Virginia, and is a member of the Dominion Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He also serves on the Board of the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, Georgia, where he is Vice Chairman and serves on the Audit Committee. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Georgia Historical Society, all in Savannah, Georgia, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Mr. Jepson and his wife, in co-partnership with Mr. and Mrs. John Kane and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson, founded the Savannah Educational Alliance. This scholarship program provides full scholarships at Savannah State University for 24 graduates of the Savannah School System. In addition, Mr. Jepson and his wife have provided scholarships and professional stipends at Gonzaga University for the past 30 years.
In former years, he has served on the Boards of numerous NYSE listed companies, including Washington Water Power Company, Hecla Mining Company, and AGL Resources, Inc., as well as local and State charities in Georgia, including the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He has also previously served on Boards of Trustees of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Jepson is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the South & South West, and Who’s Who in the South & South East.
Mr. Jepson holds an airline pilot’s license and is a certified diver. He and his wife, Alice Andrews Jepson, have two sons and five grandsons.