Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in Geology, from Colorado College, Colorado Springs. He attended the graduate program in Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University and was awarded the Leland Edmonds Scholarship for graduate research in planning. He earned his master's degree in Regional and Community Planning in 1987.
Eric completed a Planning Internship with the City of Manhattan in 1981 and began his professional career with the Community Development Department as a Project Planner in January 1983. He subsequently held the positions of Planner and Senior Planner, and was promoted to Assistant Director for Planning in March 1998. As Assistant Director, he was responsible for the reorganization and staffing of the Planning Division into a Current Planning section and a Long Range Planning section. With the creation of the Long Range Planning section, the Division has been able to address important community policy issues including development of the Growth Vision, the Downtown Tomorrow Plan, the Aggieville-Campus Edge Plan, as well as conducting a detailed study of infill housing and neighborhood stability issues in the older neighborhoods.
Eric served as Project Manager on the Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan Update, a joint planning initiative with Riley County, which was adopted by both the City and County in June 2003. He directed the Planning Division's efforts in carrying out the Traditional Neighborhood Study, a three-year planning initiative, culminating in development and implementation of the TNO, Traditional Neighborhood Overlay and M-FRO, Multi-Family Redevelopment Overlay Districts in 2004. He also served on the Technical Committee of the Flint Hills Joint Land Use Study and is serving on the Technical Management Team for the Flint Hills Regional Growth Plan.
Eric earned his professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1989, and is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and the Kansas Chapter of APA. He is a graduate of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program (class of 2002 - 2003). Other honors include: Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Kansas State University; Outstanding Young Man of America; Rector's Service Award Saint Paul's Church.