Governor Mary Fallin has reappointed Clay Bennett to the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma (OU).
The governor appointed Bennett, of Oklahoma City, to his first seven-year term in March 2011. His reappointment requires Senate confirmation.
Bennett is president of Dorchester Capital, a private investment firm, and is chairman of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a National Basketball Association franchise. He also serves as chairman of both the Oklahoma State Fair and the Oklahoma Industries Authority.
“Clay Bennett is an effective leader and a successful businessman, and I appreciate his willingness to continue to serve on the OU Board of Regents, especially during this crucial time as the university searches for a new president,” said Fallin. “Clay has worked hard to ensure OU continues to provide a quality education to our students and produces the kind of talented, skilled workforce we need in order to compete in a global economy. That kind of quality workforce, combined with the cutting-edge research done at universities like OU, helps to create new jobs and opportunities in Oklahoma.”
He serves as director of the Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust; the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority of Oklahoma.
“I am honored to continue my service on the OU Board of Regents, and I appreciate Governor Fallin’s confidence in me,” Bennett said. “I will strive to build upon the academic excellence of OU and to ensure it offers a superb learning opportunity now and in the years ahead.”
Fallin has not named a replacement for OU regent Kirk Humphreys, the former mayor of Oklahoma City. Humphreys resigned following a firestorm of protest from homosexual advocates after he made comments affirming his belief in the Biblical view of homosexuality on an Oklahoma City radio station.