William L. Cravens


William L. Cravens

BSIE ‘56

Alltel Information Services, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

 William Cravens

Bill began his career as a manufacturing engineer with General Electric. He served in this position for six years before taking his engineering principles into the financial sector where he spent the remainder of his career. From 1962 until 1976 he was partner, Management Advisory Services for Russell Brown & Company, Certified Public Accountants. He then moved into the banking arena serving as president, chief executive officer and director of First National Bank of Little Rock. Later he spent several years at Worthen Banking Corporation before joining Alltel Information Services in 1994. At Alltel he served as vice chairman, chief administrative officer and chief operating officer before being named chairman in 1996. He retired from this position in 2001.

Not only did Bill serve at the helm of some prominent Arkansas basedcorporations, he was also active in professional organizations including American Bankers Association, Arkansas Bankers Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He served his community as chairman of the Arkansas Arts Center, United Way of Pulaski County and the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, just to name a few. He currently serves as a director of the Oaklawn Jockey Club and is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council and the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering.