JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Raymond Hoyt Thornton, Jr., former Arkansas State University president, died Wednesday morning, according to a report in Arkansas Business. He was 87.
Thornton served as A-State's president from 1980 to 1984. In 1984 he assumed the helm of the University of Arkansas until 1990.
In addition to presiding over the two universities, Thornton served as Arkansas Attorney General from 1971 to 1973, and represented Arkansas's 4th district from 1973 to 1979 and 4th District from 1991 to 1997.
In 1997 he was named an Arkansas Supreme Court justice, serving until 2005.
Thornton's sister, Betty Thornton Ulrey, confirmed her brother's death to the paper. She said funeral arrangements are pending.
Arkansas politicians released statement's following Thornton's death.
Senator John Boozman released this statement:
Senator Tom Cotton also stated:
Gov. Asa Hutchinson commented:
Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin replied:
Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan released this statement:
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