Former ASU President Dies

NOVEMBER 8, 2005 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Carl S. Whillock of Little Rock, a special assistant to President Clinton and a former president of Arkansas State University, has died.  Whillock was 79.   He was also a former legislator and an electric cooperative chief.

Whillock passed away yesterday after returning to Little Rock from a weekend trip in Fayetteville.

Whillock served as president of ASU in Jonesboro from 1978 to 1980.  He was also a member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees in 1991.

Whillock spent 16 years at the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation before retiring as president and chief executive officer in 1996.  The following year, at age 70, he became Clinton's liason to the Agriculture Department, succeeding Marion Berry, now a Democratic Congressman representing northeast Arkansas.

Whillock was born in 1926 in Van Buren County and was the son of a businessman.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1948.

He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1953 to 1957 and spent eight years as an executive assistant to then-Representative J.W. Trimble.

Funeral services are pending.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)