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Morven Park Announces Changes to Board of Trustees

At its regular meeting in early January, the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees elected Clark Davis of Middleburg as its new president and approved a number of other changes to its composition.

The Foundation, which oversees all operations of Morven Park – a 1,000-acre historic site and equestrian center just outside of Leesburg – is governed by a board of trustees, most recently led by Jimmy Harris of Middleburg. Harris and fellow trustee Jill Gruver of Philomont both were thanked for their many years of service on the Board, as the organization approved one new trustee, Bert Harrell of Middleburg.

Clark Davis, who joined the Board in 2013, is a managing partner at Ridge Capital Partners and has been a private equity investor for 22 years. Before joining RCP, Davis managed one of the largest independent tack shops serving the equestrian industry. He is an accomplished equestrian, focusing primarily on the disciplines of eventing and dressage, and first competed at Morven Park in the late 1980s. Davis holds a B.S. in finance and marketing from the University of Richmond. He and his wife, Heather, have two daughters.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Jimmy Harris and Jill Gruver for their service and dedication to Morven Park,” said Davis. “With the implementation of corporate governance guidelines, a thoroughly vetted long-term strategic plan, and strong financial controls, these individuals, along with many other former and current Board members and staff, have positioned Morven Park to attain its strategic goals.”

Harris joined the Board in 2010 and was appointed as its president the following year. During his tenure, Morven Park adopted a new strategic plan and master site plan, plus launched its new civic leadership program under the umbrella of its Center for Civic Impact. Harris has been an executive with Accenture since 1980, currently holding the title of managing director. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Virginia. Harris and his wife, Martha, have three children.

“It has been my privilege to be involved at Morven Park as we have charted a new and exciting course for the future,” said Harris. “I expect to stay involved and am especially excited about expanding the impact of our new civics programs.”

Gruver served on the Board for seven years, including two years as its president. She is chief financial officer of Gruver Cooley custom home builders and was previously president and chief executive officer of Community Residences Inc., which provided services to more than 1,000 adults with disabilities. She earned a bachelor’s from Lehigh University and an MSW from Catholic University.

The Board’s newest member, Harrell is a principal at Avison Young, is experienced in land development, and serves on Loudoun County’s Economic Development Committee. The final change to the Board was the appointment of Trustee Steven Jackson as vice president. Jackson, a Bluemont resident, earned his doctorate in law from Pennsylvania State University. He is Loudoun’s Assistant County Attorney, having previously worked as a trial attorney with the firm of Monahan, Engle, Mahan and Mitchell. Jackson joined the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees in 2014.