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Hathcock selected as AETN Commission representative

Posted 22 May 2014


Rev. Philip "Phil" Hathcock has been chosen to serve as an at-large representative of the Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission.

"Our public television network makes an invaluable contribution to the quality of life in Arkansas," Hathcock said. "The lives of Arkansans of every age are enriched by AETN.

"Over the years, I've had the opportunity to see the talent and commitment of the people at AETN. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with them now as a member of the AETN Commission."

A person may serve as commissioner for an unlimited number of terms, each of which is eight years. The current Arkansas governor appoints or reappoints commissioners as representatives' terms expire or a space is vacated.

Hathcock – a minister of the United Methodist Church and longtime AETN volunteer – was appointed to the commission on April 16, 2014, by Gov. Mike Beebe. Hathcock fills the position previously occupied by Dr. William Downs Jr. of Arkadelphia, who is retiring after 16 years of service. Hathcock's term will expire March 26, 2022.

"Philip Hathcock has been an invaluable asset to AETN serving as both an Arkansas PBS Foundaion Board member and volunteer for more than two decades," AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. "His continued support and guidance in this important capacity will greatly aid in our mission to enhance and empower all Arkansas through lifelong learning opportunities."

A native of Fayetteville, Hathcock holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and speech from the University of Arkansas and a master's of divinity from Duke University. He is a minister and retired district superintendent of the United Methodist Church. Additionally, he has served as a trustee of Hendrix College and on the boards of Methodist Family Health and the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas.

Hathcock has served as an AETN volunteer for more than 20 years. He has been a member of the Arkansas PBS Foundaion Board of Directors since 2001 and, during much of that period, has acted as the board's chairman. Hathcock also regularly appears as an on-air presence during Arkansas PBS Foundaion membership campaigns.

Hathcock and his wife, Gwen, reside in Maumelle. They have two children and three grandchildren.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).