Ed Flentje, a longtime professor of public administration at Wichita State University and former interim Wichita city manager, will take over as interim president of Emporia State University, where he graduated from in 1964.
Flentje, an ESU Foundation board member, will start the new job July 1, the university announced after a special meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents on Monday.
He replaces Michael R. Lane, who will step down June 30.
Flentje will not be a candidate for the permanent position, and it's unclear when the regents will make a final selection.
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Flentje, who was not available for comment Monday, remains one of the most active academics in local and state government.
He served as director of state planning and research for Gov. Robert Bennett from 1975 to 1979 and as secretary of administration under Gov. Mike Hayden from 1986 to 1988.
Flentje was asked to take over as interim city manager in Wichita in 2008, and he is a senior consultant to the Regional Economic Area Partnership.
Flentje began teaching at WSU in 1979 and was director of the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs from 1999 to 2008.
After getting his undergraduate degree at Emporia State University, Flentje received a master's degree from George Washington University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
He received ESU's distinguished alumni award last year.