The Pieper Family Chair in Servant Leadership guides community-engaged learning at Lawrence through the work of the Office of Community-Based Research and Learning. 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 first Pieper Chair was Professor Alan Parks (Mathematics), who served from 2007 to 2010. The current Chair is Professor Mark Jenike (Anthropology). The Chair exists due to the generous support of the Richard and Suzanne Pieper Family Foundation.
The Pieper Family Foundation also has funded Pieper 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 leadership development programs. Through the 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.