Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, associate professor of history, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) Board of Directors by Governor Tom Wolf.

The PHC is an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions. Through grants and programs, the PHC promotes the role humanities plays in educating citizens and strengthening communities.

As an environmental and urban historian with a focus on political ecology and community development, Dieterich-Ward looks forward to contributing to the PHC.

“I’m delighted to be joining the council. It fits really well with the mission of Shippensburg University in using the expertise of the faculty to serve our students and the residents of the Commonwealth,” said Dieterich-Ward.

The PHC is governed by a 24-seat board of directors, which is made up of both elected individuals and governor appointees. Dieterich-Ward will serve a three-year term.