Clay Bennett has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Native American Cultural and Education Authority.

Oklahoma City business executive Clayton I. Bennett has accepted an appointment to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Native American Cultural and Education Authority (NACEA), a state agency established to oversee The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (The Center) located on the Oklahoma River, east of downtown Oklahoma City.

The Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, T.W. Shannon, appointed Bennett to fill one of the four business community seats on the 17- member Board of Directors.

“I am pleased and grateful to Clay for his willingness to serve on this board,” Speaker Shannon noted.

“He is an accomplished executive who has earned the respect and admiration of people across the country for his leadership, integrity, insightfulness and business acumen. Clay’s deep strategic and financial experience in building and sustaining business enterprises will serve him well as a member of the Board.

"He joins the Board at a critical time in the history of the project. I have no doubt the Board and the organization will benefit immeasurably from his strengths and perspective as a successful business executive.”

The Chairman of the NACEA Board, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, welcomed Bennett’s appointment expressing confidence his financial and operational experience will serve the Board well as it pursues completion of The Center.

“Clay is a timely addition to the Board given the opportunities ahead of us,” Anoatubby said. “He will bring fresh insights and perspective as we consider embarking upon a realistic and reasoned path to position The Center for sustainable success.”

“I am honored to join the Board of Directors responsible for completing The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum,” Bennett said. “The mission behind the creation of The Center to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation for the important contribution of the American Indian culture to our state and country is one I completely support. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to complete The Center in an efficient, timely, financially sound and prudent manner.”

Bennett is Chairman of the Professional Basketball Club L.L.C., the ownership group of the NBA basketball franchise, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He is also Chairman of Dorchester Capital, a diversified private investment company and serves as an investor, officer and director of numerous business entities. He served for 14 years as Chairman of the Oklahoma State Fair and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Oklahoma Heritage Association.

He was appointed to the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma in March of 2011.