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Open Campus expands Board of Directors, adding 3 experienced leaders

Open Campus welcomes LaSharah Bunting, Amy Kovac-Ashley, and Arlene Notoro Morgan to its Board of Directors.

A media executive with nearly 20 years in journalism, Bunting’s experience includes managing a multi-million dollar portfolio of journalism investments at the Knight Foundation and driving editorial and digital transformation at The New York Times. She’s currently vice president and executive editor at Simon & Schuster.

As executive vice president & chief of news transformation at the American Press Institute, Kovac-Ashley works with local innovators in newsrooms across the country. She oversees API’s grant-funded projects, including the Table Stakes program, and its work on workplace culture; diversity, equity and inclusion; and community listening and engagement. She is a former higher education reporter.

A long-time journalist and educator, Morgan is now the assistant dean for external affairs at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication after working for several decades as a reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and as an associate dean at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She’s led professional development programs for news professionals and received awards for her work on diversifying the news industry. 

“LaSharah, Amy, and Arlene bring an outstanding mix of experience in journalism, education, and philanthropy to our board,” said Scott Smallwood, co-founder and chief executive officer of Open Campus. “Their insight and expertise will be critical in guiding our young organization into its next stage of growth.”

Bunting, Kovac-Ashley, and Morgan join Smallwood and Ted Weidlein — a long-time executive and editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy — on the Open Campus board.

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