The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


Dr. E. T. Dunlap
Former Chancellor, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

E.T. Dunlap

Dr. E. T. Dunlap

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY is pleased to honor Dr. E. T. Dunlap, a nationally-recognized authority on higher education, who serves as Chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. In 1949, as Chairman of the Oklahoma House Education Committee, Dr. Dunlap was the principal author of "The Oklahoma School Code," the first codification of the public school laws of the state He has had valuable experience in the schools and colleges of Oklahoma, having served as a public school teacher, a County Superintendent, a Superintendent of Schools, and a President of Eastern Oklahoma State College (1952-61). In 1961, he was chosen for the Chancellorship of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and has served auspiciously for the past nineteen years as administrator of this coordinating board for the state system. As Chancellor, he has had a far-reaching effect upon budgeting, program development and planning for the future of higher education in Oklahoma. The esteem in which he is held by the State Legislature was shown on June 7, 1976, when all members of the Senate and House adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 89, commending him for this contributions to Oklahoma Education.

Dr. Dunlap received his B. S. degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and his M. S. and Ed. D. degrees from Oklahoma State University. Honorary doctorates have been conferred upon him by Oklahoma City University, John Brown University, Oral Roberts University, and Pepperdine University. He has also been inducted into the Oklahoma State University Alumni Hall of Fame. Dr. Dunlap is much in demand as a member of professional boards and commissions, as evidenced by his service on the Governor's Cabinet, as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Student Loan Marketing Association, the American Council on Education Commission on Women in Higher Education; and past membership on the Commission of Colleges and Universities of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

An astute administrator and a prolific author, he has written several books and over six hundred papers and articles, a number of which have been published in professional journals. He is a member of many organizations including the American Association of School Administrators, the American Association of Higher Education, the National Society for the Study of Education, and past President of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

Year of Award: 1980