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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas says longtime professor Albert Witte, who helped hire then-26-year-old Bill Clinton to the law school’s faculty, has died at the age of 92.

University of Arkansas School of Law spokeswoman Darinda Sharp says Witte died of natural causes Wednesday while surrounded by friends, family and loved ones. Born in 1923 in Pittsburgh, Witte joined the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville faculty in 1957.

Witte served on the committee that hired Bill Clinton in 1973. In a statement, the former president called Witte a “wise counselor” to both him and Hillary Clinton, who also served on the law school’s faculty at the time.

Witte retired in 1994 but continued to teach as an adjunct professor. He also served as NCAA president from 1989 to 1991.