LITTLE ROCK — Allen Weatherly of Conway, executive director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network, died Tuesday morning at the age of 64, the PBS affiliate said.
A native of California, Weatherly worked in public media for more than 36 years, AETN said in a news release. He joined AETN in 1993 and served as deputy executive director and chief operating officer before becoming executive director in 2001.
Weatherly also served as executive director and board member of the AETN Foundation. By virtue of his position, he was a member of the Arkansas governor’s cabinet.
“Allen was so much more than just our leader,” AETN Deputy Executive Director Tony Brooks said in the release. “He was our friend and a good and decent man. I worked beside this man for 16 years as his deputy director and friend. I know he would want and expect each of us, while we mourn his passing, to continue on with this important mission to which he dedicated his life.”
Weatherly graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield with a degree in history and education. Before joining AETN, he worked for Ozarks Public Television in Springfield, Mo., from 1980-93.
In 1991, Weatherly co-authored a memorial history of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek and the Civil War in the Ozarks, which has since been cited as a resource for several Civil War histories.
He was a newspaper columnist in Missouri and in Arkansas and served as an adjunct communications instructor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Drury University in Springfield, teaching courses on broadcast management and media history.
Weatherly is survived by his wife, Peggy, two children and three grandchildren.