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Claudia Berg

State Historical Society of North Dakota director retiring

BISMARCK — State Historical Society of North Dakota Director Claudia Berg plans to retire at the end of June.

Berg, who began her career with the State Historical Society in 1981 and became director in 2014, is the first woman to hold the position.

“The opportunities and experiences with this agency have made for a wonderful career," said Berg, who also has served as exhibits curator, Museum and Education Division director, and expansion coordinator for the agency.

The State Historical Board has launched a search for a successor, appointing a five-member committee to oversee the process. Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen is the committee chairman. Other members are Board President H. Patrick Weir, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, North Dakota Parks and Recreation Director Melissa Baker and SkySkopes CEO Matt Dunlevy. SkySkopes is an unmanned aircraft company based in Grand Forks.

“Our search is national in scope to ensure we receive the best pool of candidates," Weir said.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 15. The search committee will meet Feb. 4 to select the top six candidates. The final three candidates ultimately will be interviewed, and a new director will be determined at a special State Historical Board meeting on March 4.

“The next director will have an incredible staff, exceptional statewide facilities and collections, and award-winning programs to continue the path to the next level of excellence for the people of North Dakota,” Berg said.