Section 1: Name of the Program

  1. The name of the program shall be the HENRY G. BENNETT DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS PROGRAM.

Section 2: Purpose of the Program

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Bennett Fellows will serve as intellectual assets to SIS and OSU.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. 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.
  2. To be selected as a Bennett Fellow, individuals must meet the following criteria:
    1. Possess an established record of extraordinary achievement;
    2. Have a commitment to engage in a search for solutions to critical issues at the global level;
    3. Have a special capacity for critical, creative and strategic thinking;
    4. Be willing to become engaged in the intellectual process of educating students about critical international issues; and
    5. Be committed to promoting the mission of SIS.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. 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 representatives:
    1. Director of IE&O;
    2. One member of SIS's Deans Administrative Committee;
    3. One member of SIS's Executive Committee;
    4. Chairperson of SIS's Ambassador Program; and
    5. One Fellow appointed by the Director of IE&O.
  2. 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.
  3. The Selection Committee will meet at least once each year to establish nomination protocol, review candidate qualifications and select recipients.
    1. All policies and procedures relevant to the nomination, review and selection of recipients shall be determined by the Selection Committee.
    2. 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.
  4. 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 Fellow.
  5. The Selection Committee will actively solicit nominations.
  6. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.