Princeton native Evan Moorhead is named new municipal recreation department director

Evan Moorhead

Evan Moorhead, who has served as the assistant director of the Princeton Recreation Department for the past decade, has been named the new head of the organization.

The Princeton Recreation Commission voted unanimously to appoint him to the executive director position for a three-year term last week. Moorhead will be the fourth executive director in the department’s 57-year history. He begins his new position with the recreation department July 1, replacing longtime colleague Ben Stentz, who announced in April that he was resigning from the job.

Moorehead noted that his first job ever was working at the tennis courts for the recreation department as a teenager.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity. We have great staff in place, though we are losing a fantastic leader in Ben,” Moorhead said after the commission voted. “It’s a bittersweet moment for me not having him to work with every day, side by side.”

A Princeton native, Moorhead is a graduate of Princeton High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers University, and his master’s degree in sports and recreation administration from Temple University. For more than seven years, he was the assistant director of campus recreation facilities for the athletics department at Princeton University. He previously worked as a data analyst at Bloomberg LP. He has also served as the chairman of the athletic hall of fame committee for Princeton High School, and is a past chairman of District 6 for the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association.