Named interim president July 1, 2011.
President of Emporia State University from July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Dr. H. Edward Flentje returned to his alma mater at the request of the Kansas Board of Regents, who named him interim president beginning July 1, 2011.
Dr. Flentje earned his bachelor’s degree in education in math and physical science in 1964 from Kansas State Teachers College, now Emporia State University. He earned a master’s degree in government from George Washington University in 1965 and a Ph.D. in political science from The University of Kansas in 1970.
His career in higher education and government has spanned four decades.
Dr. Flentje joined Wichita State University in 1979 and served as a professor of public administration and also held numerous administrative assignments. From 1999 to 2008, he served as the director of Wichita State’s Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs.
He also has taught at Chicago City College, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and The University of Kansas and held administrative appointments at the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Flentje’s public service has included serving in the cabinets of former Kansas Govs. Robert F. Bennett and Mike Hayden. Dr. Flentje also served as chair of the Kansas Development Finance Authority, president of the Wichita Airport Authority and as interim city manager of Wichita in 2008.
At ESU, Dr. Flentje has served on the board of the ESU Alumni Association, was elected to the Emporia State University Foundation board in 2010 and was named a Distinguished Alumni in 2010.
A native Kansan, Dr. Flentje was born and reared in Harper County, attending public schools in Bluff City. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, American Society for Public Administration, Kansas State Historical Society and International City/County Management Association.