The Licking Park District board of commissioners recently announced Rich Campitelli as its new director.

Campitelli is a member of the Ohio and National Parks and Recreation Associations, is the assistant chairperson of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Committee and previously served as director of Athens Community Arts, Parks and Recreation. In addition, Campitelli was honored by the city of Athens with the Leadership Award in 2012 for networking and community outreach.

Campitelli has a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, each with a concentration in recreational studies, and has been successful in writing and receiving a $352,000 NatureWorks grant for a Path to Pond trail, a NatureWorks grant for a multisports facility and an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft grant for a boat ramp and parking area.