David Wolff, associate professor of history at Black Hills State University, was elected vice president of the South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees.

The South Dakota State Historical Society is a state agency within the Department of Tourism and Economic Development. The society manages five programs: archeology, archives, historic preservation, museum, and research and publishing. The goal of the society is to promote, nurture, and sustain the historical heritage of South Dakota by collecting, researching, and preserving evidence of the state’s past and making this information available to present and future generations.

The board is made up of 12 members: six are appointed by the governor and six are elected by the members of the society. Wolff has been a member of the board since 2000 and was elected to be vice president of the board of trustees earlier this year. Wolff’s term as vice president will last for three years.

Wolff, who has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1998, received his master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming and his doctorate in history from Arizona State University.