H. Edward Flentje

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H. Edward Flentje
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Interim President of Emporia State University
In office
July 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011
Preceded by Michael R. Lane
Succeeded by Michael D. Shonrock
Interim City Manager of the
City of Wichita, Kansas
In office
January 2, 2008 – July 11, 2008
Director, Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs
In office
Personal details
Born H. Edward Flentje
(1942-08-26) August 26, 1942 (age 75)
Bluff City, Kansas
Spouse(s) Marla
Alma mater Emporia State University (B.S.)
George Washington University (M.S.)
University of Kansas (PhD)
Occupation Education

H. Edward Flentje, PhD (born August 26, 1942) is a former American educator at Wichita State University, who has served multiple positions across the state of Kansas. Most recently, Flentje served as Emporia State University's interim president in 2011 and before that, Interim City manager for Wichita, KS in 2008.[1]



Flentje began his education at the Kansas State Teachers College, known today as Emporia State University, graduating in 1964. He continued at George Washington University, graduating in 1965, and finished with his doctorate from University of Kansas (KU) in 1970.[1]


Higher education[edit]

After graduating from George Washington University, Flentje spent five years in Illinois. In Illinois, he served as either a visiting professor or professor at several institutions including City Colleges of Chicago from 1970 to 1971, Southern Illinois University from 1972 to 1975, and was a lecturer of political science at KU in 1976.In 1979, Flentje started full-time at Wichita State University as a visiting research and associate professor, and than later promoted to a professor in 1986 in the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs.[2] In the summer of 1993, Flentje was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1999, Flentje was promoted to Director of the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, where he served for nine years.[3]

Other careers[edit]

Flentje served on two Kansas governors cabinet.[4] In 1975, Flentje began his first of two careers in the Kansas State Cabinet, serving as the director of planning and research, under Gov. Robert Bennett's administration, and resigned in 1979,[5] and in 1986, Flentje started his two-year career as the secretary of administration under Gov. Mike Hayden's administration.

Interim careers[edit]

In 2008, Flentje was named the Wichita, Kansas interim city manager, after George Kolb took the interim job at Valley Center, Kansas.[6] Flentje served from January 2 to July 11, 2008. From July 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011, Flentje served a five-month career as Emporia State University's interim president.[7] During Fientje's tenure at Emporia State, he helped establish $7.5 million[8] in new scholarships for new students, freshmen, and transfer students.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Dr. H. Edward Flentje". emporia.edu. 
  2. ^ "H. Edward Flentje Bio". Emporia Gazette. 
  3. ^ Flentje profile at Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs
  4. ^ "Flentje named interim Emporia State president". Wichita Business Journal. 16 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Regents choose ESU alumnus as interim president". Emporia Gazette. 
  6. ^ KAKE News. "Former Wichita City Manager Finds New Job Not Far Away". kake.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-22. 
  7. ^ "Interim President Appointed For Emporia State". wibw.com. 
  8. ^ "The Bulletin : $7.5 million promised". Esubulletin.com. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Q&A with Flentje: Interim president ready to 'return to normalcy'". Esubulletin.com. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2016-01-28.