A-State prepares for former President Bill Clinton’s visit

A-State prepares for former President Bill Clinton’s visit

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Preparations are underway for former President Bill Clinton’s visit to A-State Monday.

University Police have been working with the United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies to make sure everyone at the Feb. 11 event is safe.

Officials couldn’t give many details for security reasons, but they did mention agencies on the state and federal level will be involved.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications Bill Smith said the school will also have a few restrictions on bags and security before allowing people to enter Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center.

“No one is going to be allowed to bring a backpack or a large purse or a bag, so what we’d really like to ask you to do is leave that in the car," said Smith, "If you have a small clutch purse, they will go through that purse.”

Officials said the rule is in place not only for security reasons, but to also keep everyone comfortable during the presentation.

Doors will open to Riceland Hall at 4 p.m. Monday, and the former president is expected to start speaking at 5:30 p.m.

Those that attend are allowed to bring cameras, and they hope to have everyone seated for the event by 5:15 p.m.

The former president has played a large part in A-State’s history, helping with the construction of First National Bank Arena (then the Convocation Center) while he was Arkansas governor.

He also assisted with the Dean B. Ellis Library project, even helping to dedicate the building while he was the sitting president.

“He’s had a long career in public life ranging from being Governor to President and now through his foundation,” said Smith, “He’s an interesting speaker and I think it will be an interesting program.”

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