Edward (Ed) Flentje is professor emeritus at Wichita State University, who has served in multiple positions in higher education and Kansas government. Flentje began his education at the Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) graduating in 1964. He continued his education at George Washington University and finished with his doctorate from University of Kansasin 1970. After graduating from George Washington University, Flentje spent five years in Illinois as either a visiting professor or professor at several institutions including Southern Illinois University. In 1979, Flentje began teaching at Wichita State University in the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs and attained the rank of Professor. In 1999, Flentje became Director of the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, where he served for nine years.
Flentje served as a cabinet official for two Kansas governors. In 1975, Governor Robert Bennett tapped Flentje for his director of planning and research. In 1986, Governor Mike Hayden recruited Flentje as Secretary of Administration.
In 2008, Flentje was named interim city manager for the City of Wichita. Flentje served seven months in that role. Then at the end of 2011, Flentje spent six-months as Emporia State University’s interim president . During his tenure at Emporia State, he helped establish new scholarships for freshmen and transfer students.