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The Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship

Congressman Wes Watkins

The Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship Series is an endowed lectureship honoring one of Oklahoma 's most prominent and devoted public servants, former U.S. Representative Wes Watkins.  Congressman Watkins, an OSU graduate, is committed to outreach, international trade and the economic development of Oklahoma and the nation.   Congressman Watkins is married to Lou Watkins, who serves on the Oklahoma A & M Board of Regents.

Congressman Watkins has been instrumental in obtaining funding for the Wes Watkins Center, the Advanced Technology Research Center at OSU and the Oklahoma Research and Technology Park in Stillwater. He has established a vocational education system, an agricultural research center and a small business finance center in southeast Oklahoma. He has received the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award, served on the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and as president of the Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma. He is also a member of the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame.