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ASU Board of Trustees chair Mike Medlock dies
October 29, 2009 --
Mike Medlock, chair of the ASU Board of Trustees, died Wednesday
afternoon, Oct. 28, at M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, Texas.
president of Insurance Network in Jonesboro and was the tax liaison to
the Governmental Affairs
Committee of Independent Insurance Agents of America. He was past chair
of the Greater Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Board, and he was a past
chair of the Jonesboro Municipal Airport Commission. He was also a
member of the Jonesboro Industrial Development Corporation Board.
was a 1968 graduate of Little Rock Central High School, and he
received a bachelor of science degree in
Business Management from Arkansas State University-Jonesboro in 1973,
where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He was appointed to the ASU Board of Trustees in February 2000 by
Governor Mike Huckabee, and he was re-appointed to the ASU Board of
Trustees in March 2005. His term was set to expire January 2010.
“We have lost a great friend,” said Dr.
Robert Potts, chancellor of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
“Mike loved ASU and was deeply involved with every aspect of university
life. He was a caring person who took a personal interest in our
university. His leadership will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to
Dr. Les Wyatt, president of the Arkansas State University System, said,
“All of us at ASU are sorry to lose Mike Medlock as our leader and
friend. His gentle manner and thoughtful insights served to guide the
university during the 10 years he served as our trustee. We are saddened
now with his family in their loss, and we are grateful to have shared
with them his joyful and productive life.”
He began his career at Jonesboro Insurance Agency in 1973 with a total
of four employees who specialized in the construction segment of the
insurance industry. As the business grew, he turned Insurance
Network into one of the top 12 insurance agencies in Arkansas before it
became a division of Bancorp South Insurance Services of Arkansas in
2007. He recently served as executive vice president for Bancorp South
Insurance Services, the nation’s 23rd largest insurance
broker, with offices in eight states.
Medlock was a long-time supporter of numerous local organizations,
including United Way, St. Bernards Foundation, the Arkansas State University
Foundation, and the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House, among others. He
worked with the Jonesboro Industrial Development Corporation and served
on the board of Healthcare Medical Group. He is survived by his wife,
Lynda Medlock, three children, Mary Katherine, Julie, and Matt, and two
step-children, Ashley and Aubree. Visit
Home online to leave condolences.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to
the Insurance Network Scholarship Fund in care of the
Arkansas State University
Foundation, P.O. Box 1990, State University, AR 72467. This
scholarship benefits ASU College of Business students majoring in
finance and banking.