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Allen Weatherly: Executive Director of AETN

Allen Weatherly is the executive director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN). He has been with the network since 1993, spending more than seven years as deputy executive director and chief operating officer before taking his current position at the beginning of 2001.

Weatherly also serves as executive director and board member of the AETN Foundation. By virtue of his position, he is a member of the Arkansas Governor's Cabinet.

With a special interest in the importance of history, culture and heritage, Weatherly has worked to provide more useful services to the people of Arkansas. During his tenure the network has: increased education services to the state, including videostreamed lessons; helped produce programming and training for the network's Ready To Learn service; archived testimonies from Arkansas World War II veterans in the innovative outreach project In Their Words ” won multiple awards for local productions; and has been honored by the American Psychological Association as one of the five best places to work in the United States and received the Arkansas Governors Work-Life Balance Award for three consecutive years.

In 2008, Weatherly was selected as Arkansas Citizen of the Year by Scottish Rite in Little Rock.

In 2010, he was elected in a nationwide vote to a second three-year term as a member of the board of directors for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). In addition to service on the board at large, he is a member of the PBS Board Executive Committee and chairman of the PBS Station Services Committee. He is now serving as professional vice-chair of the PBS Board. He has served on two Community Service Grant review panels for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and has also held leadership positions with the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and the Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE).

Prior to joining AETN, Weatherly worked with Ozarks Public Television in Springfield, Mo., from 1980 to 1993, progressing from a development associate to writer, producer, program host, promotions and communications director, programming director, and, finally, senior vice president and director of broadcasting.

Weatherly is a graduate of Missouri State University (Springfield, Mo.), with a degree in history and education. In 1991, he 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 has been a newspaper columnist in Missouri and in Arkansas. Weatherly has also served as an adjunct communications instructor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Drury University in Springfield, Mo., teaching courses on broadcast management and media history.

At home in Conway, Ark., Weatherly has been married to wife Peggy since 1977. His daughter Lauren lives in Conway with her husband Trey and grandson Logan. His son David lives and works in Little Rock.