Black Hills State University recently announced two administrative appointments. Dr. Curtis Card has been named associate vice president for Academic Affairs and Dr. David Wolff has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


In making the announcement, Dr. Rodney Custer, vice president for academic affairs and provost, noted that these administrators have shown exceptional leadership at the University and outstanding accomplishments in their fields of study.


“These are both exceptionally qualified and capable professionals who have served BHSU for a number of years in a distinguished manner and I’m looking forward to working with them in their new roles,” Dr. Custer said.


Card has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Wyoming, an M.Sc.T. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of South Dakota. He has served as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts at BHSU since 2011. Card first joined the BHSU faculty in 1980 teaching mathematics courses for six years. He returned to BHSU in 1991 accepting a position as assistant professor of mathematics. In addition to teaching mathematics, Card has held several leadership roles at BHSU including serving as chair of the department of mathematics and director of the Math Assistance Center.  He has also earned numerous research grants, has numerous referred publications and has presented at several regional and national conferences. Card is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Pi Mu Epsilon. He has extensive computing knowledge and experience with a high level of expertise in Fortran, Basic, Pascal, C/C++, Java, Perl, HTML, PHP as well as extensive PC and system/network administration experience.


Wolff, who a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University as well as a master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming, joined the faculty at BHSU in 1998.  Wolff has received numerous honors and recognition for his dedication to teaching and community activities. Recent honors include being named the BHSU 2010 Distinguished Faculty Member, Mining History Association’s Clark Spence Award, BHSU Student Senate Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 2005, and BHSU Community Service Award in 2003. Wolff currently serves on several museum and historical society boards. He is an expert on regional mining history and is the past president of the Mining History Association in Denver, Colo. Wolff is the author of two books and also contributed essays and chapters for other publications. A recognized historical expert, Wolff is often called upon for television interviews and appearances.