Section 1: Name of the Program
- The name of the program shall be the HENRY G. BENNETT DISTINGUISHED
Section 2: Purpose of the Program
- The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program is established to
provide a source of intellectual capital upon which the School of International
Studies (SIS) and the Oklahoma State University System (OSU) can draw to
better understand and address global issues. The source of this intellectual
capital will come from Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows and Honorary
Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows, both hereinafter, as a group, referred
to as Bennett Fellows.
Section 3: Bennett Fellows Classifications
- HENRY G. BENNETT DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS, hereinafter referred to as Fellows,
shall be renowned individuals who hold or have held high-profile positions;
have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of global issues;
and have the potential to contribute substantially to the academic efforts
of SIS and OSU.
- HONORARY HENRY G. BENNETT DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS, hereinafter referred
to as Honorary Fellows, shall be renowned individuals who hold or have held
high-profile positions; have made outstanding contributions to the understanding
of global issues; but whose availability limits active participation.
Section 4: Roles of Bennett Fellows
- The title of “Bennett Fellow” bestows special recognition on an individual
by SIS. This recognition is extended to those select individuals who have
distinguished themselves in academe, business, government, or service sectors
by their contributions to a better understanding of complex global issues.
- Bennett Fellows will serve as intellectual assets to SIS and OSU.
- From time to time, the Fellows will be asked to identify others who
might broaden the network of individuals, organizations, institutions and
businesses capable of expanding the intellectual capacity of OSU.
- The Fellows will contribute substantially to fulfilling the mission
of SIS and international education at OSU. These contributions shall be
of an intellectual nature that will expand the instruction, research and
outreach capabilities of OSU.
- One Fellow will be appointed by the Director of International Education
and Outreach (IE&O) to serve on the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows
Program Selection Committee.
Section 5: Selection Criteria
- Bennett Fellows will include individuals from around the world who have
a common purpose of addressing issues in a complex global environment. They
will be selected from a wide range of fields and disciplines including academe,
business, government, the media, the military and the non-profit sector.
- To be selected as a Bennett Fellow, individuals must meet the following
- Possess an established record of extraordinary achievement;
- Have a commitment to engage in a search for solutions to critical
issues at the global level;
- Have a special capacity for critical, creative and strategic thinking;
- Be willing to become engaged in the intellectual process of educating
students about critical international issues; and
- Be committed to promoting the mission of SIS.
- There is no limit to the number of individuals who may serve as Bennett
Fellows. Likewise, there is no limit to the number of individuals inducted
annually as Bennett Fellows.
- Persons employed by OSU and members of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents
will not be eligible for appointment as Bennett Fellows.
Section 6: Standing Selection Committee
- A Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program Selection Committee,
hereinafter referred to as the Selection Committee, shall be a standing
committee of SIS. The Selection Committee will consist of the following
- Director of IE&O;
- One member of SIS's Deans Administrative Committee;
- One member of SIS's Executive Committee;
- Chairperson of SIS's Ambassador Program; and
- One Fellow appointed by the Director of IE&O.
- The Director of IE&O will serve as the Chair of the Selection Committee.
The Chair has the responsibility to convene Selection Committee meetings
and maintain appropriate records.
- The Selection Committee will meet at least once each year to establish
nomination protocol, review candidate qualifications and select recipients.
- All policies and procedures relevant to the nomination, review and
selection of recipients shall be determined by the Selection Committee.
- The Selection Committee shall develop policies and procedures relevant
to time-sensitive nominations, deferring the authority to review and
select recipients to a process defined by the Selection Committee.
- Once the Selection Committee has concluded the selection process, the
recipient(s) will be invited by the CEO & President of OSU to be a Bennett
- The Selection Committee will actively solicit nominations.
- The Chair of the Selection Committee shall make available, acknowledge
receipt of and process nomination forms in accordance with procedures set
forth by the Selection Committee.
Section 7: Method of Award
- Awards such as commemorative medallions and/or distinctive plaques will
be presented annually to newly inducted Bennett Fellows during a ceremony
fitting the importance and dignity of this honor. Plaques honoring all Bennett
Fellows will hang permanently in the Wes Watkins Center, home of SIS.
Section 8: Amending the Constitution
- The Constitution establishing the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows
Program is a living document. As such, procedures must be put in place for
making appropriate changes.
- Proposals for changing the Constitution may be initiated by the Director
of IE&O or any member of SIS's Administrative Committee or Executive Committee.
To be approved, a proposal must garner a two-thirds (2/3) vote by SIS's
Administrative and Executive Committees.
- Proposals for changing the nomination, candidate review and/or selection
processes may be initiated by the Director of IE&O or any member of SIS's
Administrative Committee or Executive Committee. To be approved, a proposal
must garner a majority vote of the Selection Committee.