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SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Ashley Horst, experienced fundraising and marketing professional, will serve as director of The Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications at Shepherd University, beginning September 26, 2022.

Established in 2019 thanks to a generous gift from Drs. Bill and Bonnie Stubblefield, the Stubblefield Institute serves as an active center for the study and promotion of civil political discourse, authentic and constructive debate, and positive civic engagement.

“This is an exciting time for both the Stubblefield Institute and for myself,” Horst said. “The Institute’s mission of promoting civil political discourse and debate has never been more important than today. The work that the Institute does and will be doing has the potential to refashion the ways that we shape, share, and engage in the political aspects of our lives. It’s an honor to join this very accomplished team doing much-needed and worthwhile work.”