Dr. Herts is a university-community engagement scholar whose interests include stimulating cultural heritage development activity in the Mississippi Delta and throughout the American South. His partnership development expertise has strengthened university collaborations with the National Park Service, the Alliance of National Heritage Areas, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Alliance, and various regional and community-based organizations. Dr. Herts holds a doctorate in planning and public policy from Rutgers University, a M.A. in Social Science from The University of Chicago, and a B.A. in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta.