lw alumniawardWatkins receives the Department's Distinguished Alumni Award during the Spring 2014 graduation ceremony.

Lou Watkins, Consultant & Member of the A&M Board of Regents

BA in Political Science (1964), Masters in Political Science (1965)

Watkins taught Political Science at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, from 1977 to 1991, chairing the Department during her last five years. In honor of her service, ECU continues to host a lecture series in her name, bringing in recognized authorities to address subjects of major public interest. 

After moving back to Stillwater, she co‑founded (and still currently serves as an officer for) World Export Services, Inc., a consulting company with holdings in cattle, land, and other investments. She serves an a member of the A&M Board of Regents, and was appointed by Governor Frank Keating in 1997, reappointed by Governor Brad Henry in 2004, and again reappointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2011. Her current term expires in 2020.