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HAYS, Kan. – Dr. Edward H. Hammond, the eighth president of Fort Hays State University, was born in McAllen, Texas, and reared in the Kansas City, Kan., area.
President Hammond received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Emporia State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Prior to accepting the presidency at FHSU in 1987, he held administrative positions at the universities of Louisville, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, Purdue and Missouri. He is the longest serving president in the Kansas Board of Regents system and the longest serving president in the 110-year history of FHSU.
President Hammond has published widely and is recognized as a futurist. He is in demand nationally as a speaker and educational consultant in the areas of risk management, staff and institutional liability, and alcohol education. In recent years, due to FHSU's success in China, he has also been sought as a consultant and speaker on the world's most populous nation. Through partnerships with universities there, FHSU serves more than 3,600 students and has produced more than 5,000 FHSU graduates to date. FHSU is the largest provider of higher education in China that is not a Chinese university.
The president has been extremely active at FHSU. His first priority after assuming the presidency was to develop a unique learning environment with a value-added focus. The focus has produced an electronic living and learning environment -- an environment that produces computer-literate and computer-flexible graduates and one that has an average class size of 18 students to one faculty member. Other value-added initiatives include the internationalization of the curriculum, development of a Leadership Studies Program and development of a Four Year Guaranteed Degree program. The university's Virtual College now serves more than 4,500 students, not including China, by means of Internet classes and other mediated forms of instruction. The virtual students reside in Kansas, nearly every state and in several other nations.
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