OU is one of the few public universities in the nation to cap the class
size of first-year English composition courses at no more than 19
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In March of 2011, Governor Mary Fallin appointed Mr. Bennett to the Board of Regents. He serves as President of Dorchester Capital, a diversified private investment company, and Chairman of the Oklahoma CityThunder, a franchise of the National Basketball Association. In addition, Mr. Bennett is involved in a broad variety of investment activities and serves as an officer and director of numerous business entities. Highly involved in civic and charitable affairs, Regent Bennett currently serves as Chairman of the Oklahoma State Fair and the Oklahoma Industries Authority. He is a past chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. and the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation. Mr. Bennett serves as a Director of the Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, the Research Institute for Economic Development, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Casady School. In 1990, he received the Dean A. McGee Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the development of downtown Oklahoma City. In 1997, he was presented the Economic Development Citizen Leadership Award by the National Council of Urban Economic Development; this national award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of urban economic development. In 2007, Bennett was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, in 2008 was named "OKCityan of the Year" by Oklahoma City Friday newspaper and "Oklahoman of the Year" by Oklahoma Today magazine. In 2009, Bennett was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from Casady School, recognizing "loyalty to Casady, service to community, and professional achievement on a local, state and national level." Regent Bennett attended Casady School in Oklahoma City and The University of Oklahoma, and is married to the former Thelma Louise Gaylord; together they have three children, Mollie Inez, Christine Marie and Gaylord Graham.