Dr. David Wolff, dean of the Black Hills State University's College of Liberal Arts.
Longtime Black Hills State University professor of history Dr. David Wolff has been named the dean of the University’s College of Liberal Arts.


Wolff previously served a year as interim dean replacing Dr. Curtis Card, BHSU associate professor of mathematics and associate vice president of Academic Affairs.

“David’s leadership since becoming interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts has been exceptional. He is a respected scholar and leader who combines sound judgment, good ideas and a sense of humor. We are very fortunate to have him here at BHSU,” says Dr. Rod Custer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Since joining the BHSU faculty in 1998, Wolff has taught numerous history courses, including History of the Black Hills and History of South Dakota, and has been involved in several historical societies and associations. He serves as vice president of the Board of Trustees for the South Dakota State Historical Society and as president-elect of the Mining History Association.


He has published articles in South Dakota History, Mining History Journal and The American Indian Quarterly, and appeared in HBO’s hit series “Deadwood” during an interview on “The Real Deadwood” discussing the mining community’s Wild West history.


 In 2003, the University Press of Colorado published his book Industrializing the Rockies: Growth, Competition and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914. In 2009, the South Dakota State Historical Press published his book Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman.  

In recognition of his contributions to the University and the community, Wolff has been awarded the BHSU Distinguished Faculty Award; was the co-recipient of the BHSU Community Service Award; was named the BHSU Student Senate Outstanding Faculty Member; and was presented with the Mining History Association’s Clark Spence Award for his book Industrializing the Rockies.

Wolff received bachelor’s degrees in pharmacy and history from the University of Wyoming, as well as a master’s degree in history. He received his doctoral degree in history from Arizona State University.