The Board of Directors have named David Wood as the President & CEO of the Spartanburg County Historical Association. As CEO of the SCHA, Wood will direct and oversee the daily operations, management, educational programs, and funding of the Regional History Museum, Walnut Grove Plantation, the Price House and the Seay House in order to enhance the visitor experience. Wood has been serving in an interim role for the SCHA since March 1. Thirty-three years of industry experience in museum operations, exhibit management, and fundraising qualifies Wood as the most ideal candidate for the role of President & CEO.
Wood graduated from Indiana University with a Business Administration degree in Non-Profit Management, in partnership with the Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI. He began his career in the museum world at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in 1989. In addition to his work in museums, Wood managed traveling exhibits for United Exhibits Group in Copenhagen, created exhibits from initial research to final installation for Design Craftsmen in Michigan, and served as the owner of International Exhibit Management providing world-class exhibit support services to museums and the traveling exhibition industry. Most recently, Wood served as the COO at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate where he played an integral role in developing the TCMU Spartanburg location.
“Since David joined our team in March, we could not have been more pleased with the dedication and excitement he brought to his interim position,” Ginger Davis, Chair of the SCHA Board of Directors, said of David’s new and existing role, “I am delighted to see him take on the permanent role, and I look forward to the ways he will continue to make our organization better each day.”
“As a critical link to the Spartanburg community, I look forward to expanding the role the SCHA plays in preserving and sharing our history,” explains David Wood. “I enjoy seeing how history can inform the present, and future, of our community. I look forward to working with the board and staff to create unique family-friendly experiences for the residents, and visitors to, Spartanburg. I am very excited to take on my new role as President & CEO, where I can continue to make an active contribution to the non-profit sector in Spartanburg.”
About the SCHA
The Spartanburg County Historical Association is a private, not-for-profit organization. As part of its mission, the Spartanburg County Historical Association manages the Spartanburg Regional History Museum in addition to three historic sites: Walnut Grove Plantation, the Historic Price House, and the Seay House. Each property recounts a unique portion of Spartanburg County history and offers tours, events, and educational programming throughout the year.
The Spartanburg County Historical Association formed thanks to a small group of historically-minded Spartanburg County citizens in September 1957. The founders of the organization stated its purpose to be: To promote interest in the history of the county; to bring about a closer relationship among persons in the county who are interested in its history; and to encourage the preservation of historical sites, materials, and records of the area. While the Historical Association has since developed a mission statement that reflects its current programs and goals for the 21st century, this original purpose lies at the heart of our mission and who we are.