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.