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Oklahoma Historical Society
Tahlequah's Bill Corbett Elected President of Oklahoma Historical Society Board
STILLWATER, Okla. – At the 2014 Oklahoma History Conference that took place in Stillwater, Okla., April 23-25, the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors elected Dr. Bill Corbett as its new president. Corbett has been an OHS board member since 1994 and served as vice president prior to his nomination as president. Corbett is a professor of history in the Department of History at Northeastern State University. In 2013 he was named to the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. The OHS board also named Jack Baker from Oklahoma City as vice president and Deena Fisher from Woodward as treasurer.
A native of Pennsylvania, Corbett earned his doctoral degree in history from Oklahoma State University. In 1980 he began teaching at Northern Oklahoma College. In 1988 Corbett relocated to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and served as chair of the Department of History from 1991 to 2000 and as chair of the Department of Social Sciences from 2011 to 2013. In 2012 he earned the Oklahoma Humanities Council's Public Humanities award for "dedication to providing outstanding public programming across the state."
The OHS Board of Directors has 13 members elected by the membership and 12 appointed by the governor. Every board member, whether elected or appointed, has to have been a member of the OHS for at least two years. As stipulated in the OHS Constitution and Bylaws, board members serve staggered terms with a majority serving as district representatives to make sure the board reflects every region of the state.
The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 32 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma.