YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Teatown Lake Reservation, which encompasses almost 900 acres of lakes, trails, fields and other open space in Yorktown, Cortlandt and Ossining, has named a new executive director.
Kevin Carter, 43, a senior executive in museum and non-profit organization management, was selected from nearly 250 applicants in a nationwide search and will assume his new position on August 31.
"We have been searching for someone who can effectively build on Teatown's core strengths and further enhance delivery of superb environmental education programming and required conservation efforts, and make Teatown a preeminent nature experience site and model," said Teatown Board Chair Naomi Marrow. "Carter's proven ability to translate scientific concepts into understandable, appealing and engaging information and education experiences will compliment Teatown's efforts well."
Carter brings to Teatown broad experience in science and children's museums, including the California Science Center, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT., where he was chief operating officer for six years.
"I have always considered myself a lifelong learner, and I want to share my passion for learning, and my love and experience with nature, science and the environment with others," he said. "The opportunity to do this at Teatown, and to do it in effective and creative ways, fit my goals and I hope fits well with an exceptional and respected institution like Teatown."
Carter will be only the sixth director of Teatown in its nearly 50 years. He succeeds Dr. Fred Koontz, who left last year to become vice president of field conservation with the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA. For the last 18 months, Teatown has been led by interim executive director and operations director Dianne Barron, who will continue as operations director.
Meanwhile, Teatown announced it had recently received a $25,000 donation from Con Edison to help take care of 15 miles of hiking trails.