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  • Finding Your Third Place: Building Happier Communities (and Making Great Friends Along the Way) (Fulcrum Books, 2024)

  • Intervals of Hesitation: Essays on the Ethical Life, 2013-2017 (Piscator Press, 2022)

  • 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)

Richard Kyte grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota, travelled abroad, fell in love withhis wife Cindi while hitchhiking in Scotland, came back to the United States to run a miniature golf course with her in Manitou Springs, Colorado, then moved to Baltimore where he earned a PhD in philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University. 

He has lived and taught all over the United States, finally settling down in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he serves as Endowed Professor of Ethics at Viterbo University and Director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. He teaches a senior seminar in ethics and graduate courses in servant leadership. He holds regular office hours in a few of the area’s many neighborhood coffee shops. 

He is the author of several books, cohosts a podcast titled “The Ethical Life” (with Scott Rada) and writes a biweekly column that appears in 73 newspapers across the country. He also serves on several nonprofit boards, including the La Crosse Community Foundation, the Coulee Region Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and LeaderEthics. He is a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Rotary Club of La Crosse. 

When he is not working or hanging out at a third place, Richard can be found on one of the many trout streams of the Driftless Area, paddling the backwaters of the Mississippi River, or walking a lonely trail deep in the woods.


  • La Crosse Community Foundation, Board Chair

  • Coulee Region Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Board Member

  • LeaderEthics Wisconsin, Board Member

  • Bellin and Gundersen Health System, Corporation Member

  • Mayo Healthcare, Professionalism, Values, & Mission Committee

  • La Crosse County Ethics Commission, Chair

  • First Presbyterian Church

  • Downtown Rotary Club of La Crosse

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