Friday, March 25, 2011

Fallin Names Clay Bennett To OU Regents

Governor Fallin today announced she has appointed Oklahoma City Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett to the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma.

The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

“Our universities play an integral part in producing the kind of talented, skilled workforce we need in order to compete in a global economy. That kind of quality work force, combined with the cutting-edge research done at universities like OU, helps to create new jobs and opportunities in Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “Clay Bennett brings with him to the OU Regents a commitment to maintain and expand OU’s level of academic achievement as well as the experience and insight he has gained as a successful businessman. I am confident he will be an effective leader who is committed to ensuring the university continues to provide a quality education to our students and a positive impact on our economy.”

Bennett is president of Dorchester Capital, a private investment firm, and is chairman of the Thunder, an NBA franchise.

He also serves as chairman of both the Oklahoma State Fair and the Oklahoma Industries Authority. He is past chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. and the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation.

He also works with numerous civic organizations including: the Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust; the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, the Research Institute for Economic Development, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Casady School.

Bennett and his wife Louise Gaylord Bennett reside in Oklahoma City and have three children.

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