ROXBURY, NJ _ The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) has a new executive director, it was announced on Friday.

The Landing-based non-profit organization said it hired Kyle Richter to fill the post vacated last fall by its founding executive director, Jessica Murphy. The LHF said its decision followed “an extensive regional search” by a team of its board members.

Richter moves to the LHF from the Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) where he served for seven years as watershed programs manager, said the LHF. In that post, he led the MWA's education and outreach programs and managed restoration projects. 

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“We could not be more thrilled with Kyle joining the LHF as our new executive director,” said LHF Board Chair Marty Kane. “I have had the occasion to work with him over the years at the Musconetcong Watershed Association and I have always been extremely impressed with his focus, drive, and intelligence.”

The LHF said Richter brings to the LHF a decade of experience in environmental conservation.

“I'm excited to be joining the Lake Hopatcong Foundation team as the next executive director,” said Richter. “Having spent my career working close to Lake Hopatcong, I've had the privilege of watching the LHF grow, almost from the beginning.”

Originally from Naples, Fla., Richter came to New Jersey to study at Rutgers University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marine science, said the foundation. He also holds a professional certificate in watershed management from Michigan State University, it noted.

Richter said he was impressed by the LHF's record of achievement.

“I've been amazed by the work the foundation team has been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time, from launching its floating classroom, to renovating the Lake Hopatcong train station to become the Environmental and Cultural Center to leading the charge in helping to tackle serious issues impacting the lake,” he said.

Kane said Richter “has a very winning personality," something that “will help him fit in perfectly with the Lake Hopatcong community.”

Richter will be introduced online at the LHF’s annual meeting, an open-to-the-public Zoom presentation scheduled for April 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration is required by visiting

“Lake Hopatcong is a special place to many people,” said Richter. “I'm honored to help lead the Foundation in protecting the lake and supporting the community, so it remains a special place for generations to come.”

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