The Pieper Chair
The Pieper Family Professor of Servant Leadership guides the work of the Office of Community-Based Research and Learning, and supports faculty, staff, and student projects that reflect, promote, or otherwise align with the principles of servant leadership. The Pieper Chair is a part-time appointment that rotates for terms of three years among the Lawrence faculty. He or she is appointed by the President in consultation with the Provost and Dean of Faculty. The current occupant of the chair is Mark Jenike from the Department of Anthropology and the Environmental Studies program. Previously the chair was held by Professor Alan Parks (2007-2010) and Professor Monica Rico (2010-2013).
The Chair exists due to the generous support of the Richard and Suzanne Pieper Family Foundation. The Pieper Family Foundation has also funded Servant Leader Chairs at Milwaukee School of Engineering, the UW Madison College of Engineering, and Ripon College. The Chairs meet several times a year to share ideas and offer feedback on their respective programs. Through its Servant Leadership program, the Pieper Foundation seeks to advance the ideas of Robert K. Greenleaf, whose 1970 essay “The Servant as Leader” initiated widespread change in how organizations and individuals conceive of leadership. For more information on servant leadership, consult the website of the Greenleaf Center.