Flowers joins Henderson as associate vice chancellor for student success and strategic initiatives

Dr. Eric Flowers

Dr. Eric Flowers has joined Henderson State University as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Strategic Initiatives. He will oversee the university’s enrollment and student engagement efforts.

“Dr. Flowers’s role gives oversight to the development of student recruitment strategies and procedures that lead to enrollment, implementation of innovative and evidence-based recruitment programs, and activities that engage the campus community,” said Dr. Talisha Givan, chief learning officer and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

He will also review practices, policies, and initiatives associated with student engagement, coordinate the H.E.A.R.T. team, and risk management, Givan said.

Flowers, who started his new role July 17, will oversee the directors of student activities, the Dunn Recreation Center, student health, student wellness, admissions, financial aid, TRIO programs, and testing, along with the coordinator of Greek life, and university police.

After serving as associate and assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Henderson in 2017-18, Flowers worked for the Arkansas Department of Education as assistant to the director, serving as educational researcher.

He later served as chief opportunity officer and chief academic officer for the ADE.

Most recently, he was senior director for K-12, college access, and small enrollment institutions for EAB in Washington D.C.

“Cultivating a space for students to thrive and grow has been my passion for more than 20 years,” Flowers said. “It’s an amazing full circle moment to return to Henderson. I feel it’s a blessing to connect with students each day and contribute to the ongoing improvement and success of the Henderson community.”

Givan said Flowers returns to Henderson “with a wealth of knowledge, skill, and leadership in academic affairs, policy and procedure development, strategic planning, and student engagement,” Givan said. “He is an accomplished senior administrator with more than 15 years of leadership in K-12 through post-secondary education.”

“He demonstrates innovation and passion for student affairs and student success. We are fortunate to have him and look forward to new possibilities.”

Flowers holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master of science in higher education from Arkansas Tech University, and a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from Southern Arkansas University.