4th Fest names new executive director

Central PA 4th Fest named a new executive director Friday.

Karl Libhart accepted the board’s offer to become the next executive director. He joins 4thFest from Penn State Public Broadcasting, where he is associate director of development.

Libhart’s background includes responsibilities in sales, marketing communications, strategic planning and general management.

A lifelong fan of fireworks, Libhart volunteered as a member of the Marietta Jaycees to help run the town’s five-day July Fourth celebration and fireworks. He will work with longtime Executive Director Bernie Keisling through this year’s 4thFest celebration after which he will assume executive director duties and responsibilities.