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Richard Kyte is Director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Endowed Professor of Ethics at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he teaches a variety of courses dealing with ethical issues in business, health care, law, politics, and the environment. He has published and lectured widely on topics related to justice, forgiveness, virtue, and the meaning of life.
After growing up in Frazee, a small town in northwestern Minnesota, Richard attended Hamline University where he earned a B.A. in philosophy. He then went on to graduate school, obtaining a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Since then he has taught at several colleges and universities including Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.
He is the author of several books and writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune titled "The Ethical Life."


  • Ethical Business: Cultivating the Good in Organizational Culture (Anselm Academic, 2016)

  • Ideas Unite, Issues Divide: Essays on the Ethical Life (Piscator Press, 2013)

  • An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning (Anselm Academic, 2012)


  • La Crosse Tribune, Editorial Board

  • La Crosse Community Foundation, Board Member

  • Coulee Region Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Board Member

  • First Presbyterian Church

  • Downtown Rotary Club of La Crosse

  • LeaderEthics Wisconsin, Board Chair

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