The Honorable Wes W. Watkins

An Oklahoma State University Alumnus, former Congressman Wes W. Watkins has served in the Oklahoma Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. His public service career is highlighted by serving on three important committees in the U.S. Congress: Appropriations, Budget, and Ways and Means. His work in Congress is considered instrumental in the allocation of funds to the state of Oklahoma.

Mr. Watkins retired from public service in 2002 but remains a strong presence in promoting business and agricultural development of the state of Oklahoma through his involvement in OSU; governmental agencies; and local, national and international businesses serving as a liaison between them.

Mr. Watkins has been instrumental in obtaining funding for two buildings at OSU, the Wes Watkins Center and the Advanced Technology Research Center, and for 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 southeastern Oklahoma.

Along with his wife, he has created two scholarship awards, the Wes and Lou Watkins Fellowship and the Les Martin Fellowship, which recognize outstanding academic and leadership achievement of graduate students in the International Studies Program.

Mr. Watkins earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree at OSU.