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Stephanie Kenyon has vacated her role as executive director at Morven Park in Leesburg. Facebook/Stephanie Kenyon
After just 20 months on the job, Stephanie Kenyon is out as executive director at historic Morven Park, a 1,000-acre estate and equestrian park in Leesburg.

The Times-Mirror confirmed the departure Monday. The decision was made by the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees.

Morven Park is a nonprofit organization operated under the direction of the foundation, which aims to preserve Morven Park, once the home of Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis, as a place of historical and cultural value.

Calls and emails to foundation President Clark Davis were not returned, and no statement was issued by senior staff at Morven Park.

Kenyon told the Times-Mirror she could not comment on her departure, only to say “Loudoun is my home for the past 25 years, so I'm not going anywhere!”

Morven Park just wrapped up its first season of Polo in the Park, which featured polo matches and entertainment every Saturday night from June through August.

The park is also in the midst of renovating its decades-old equine facilities in a multi-million-dollar effort.

Prior to joining Morven, Kenyon served as vice president of the AOPA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. She was a founding partner at Point to Point Communications, advising organizations on marketing, communications, fundraising, and strategic planning.

“Her extensive experience in fundraising, strategic planning, educational programming, and marketing for non-profit organizations, as well as her active interest in historic preservation and equestrian sports made Stephanie a clear choice,” Davis said in December 2015. “We feel very fortunate to have her join us in directing Morven Park’s current and future initiatives; including the ever-expanding civics program and the development of Morven Park’s world-class equestrian venue.”

The news of Kenyon's exit came as a surprise to many in the community.

“While unaware of the background, I'm taken aback by this announcement,” Loudoun County Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) said in statement on Facebook. “Having interacted with Stephanie several times in her role as executive director, I felt she was doing a great job of leading the park in the right direction. That said, I'm extremely hopeful for the continued success of Morven Park and I have little doubt that Stephanie will continue to do great things in Loudoun County.”

“Very sorry to hear it,” said local business leader Chuck Kuhn, founder and CEO of JK Moving. Kuhn is involved in the equine industry as the new owner of the Middleburg “Stephanie is a hard charger, she was doing a lot to grow Morven Park and help the community. Stephanie will be missed.”


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Comments


morven park was meant to be a nonprofit…not just an equestrian facility. she forgot that.


Bad news for Morven Park and the area equestrian community. Hope there was a good reason for it, although I wouldn’t hold my breath that the Westmoreland Davis Foundation board will offer any explanation or comment.


What a shame!  Stephanie has done such a great job in moving Morven Park back to what it was meant to be to Leesburg & Loudoun, an equestrian facility.


Since the calls and emails were not immediately returned this was rushed to press?  I don’t think Kenyon leaving is that big of a story that LTM could not wait a day or two to see if Davis would respond.

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