Clay Bennett is a member of Casady’s Class of 1978. He is chairman of the Professional Basketball Club, L.L.C., which is the owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League. He is chairman of Dorchester Capital, a diversified private investment company and serves as an investor, officer, and director of numerous business entities.
Highly involved in civic and charitable efforts, Mr. Bennett has served as chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma Industries Authority, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, and he served on the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents from 2011–18, including a term as chairman from 2017-18. Mr. Bennett currently serves as a director of the Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust, and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He is also the Chairman of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council, which is comprised of representatives of law enforcement, elected officials, legal experts and business and civic leaders. It focuses on developing a more holistic approach to criminal justice in Oklahoma County. Mr. Bennett’s leadership in this area helped lead to a successful citizen-approved effort to construct a new Oklahoma County jail.
Mr. Bennett was inducted to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 2014 joined the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Graduate Award, the highest Alumni Award given by Casady School. Also in 2008, he was named “Oklahoman of the Year” by Oklahoma Today magazine. Since its arrival in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has achieved significant success on and off the court, including five Northwest Division titles, four trips to the Western Conference Finals and one appearance in the NBA Finals.
The Bennett family has many ties in the Oklahoma City community and to Casady School. Both of Mr. Bennett’s brothers are graduates of the School as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. His wife, Louise Gaylord Bennett, is a 1979 graduate. Their children include Mollie McCurdy who is a member of the class of 2000, Christy Lane, a 2006 graduate, and Graham Bennett from the Class of 2012. Two of Mr. Bennett’s grandchildren are in Primary Division. Francie McCurdy is in Kindergarten and Bennett McCurdy is in PreK. And he has twin granddaughters born this summer, Charlotte and Mollie Lane.