Taught Political Science at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, for fourteen years, chairing the Department her last five years there. Since moving to Stillwater, she co-founded and serves as an officer for World Export Services, Inc., a consulting company with holdings in cattle, land, and other investments. She was appointed by Governor Frank Keating in 1997, reappointed by Governor Brad Henry in 2004, and reappointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2011 to serve as a member of the A&M Board of Regents. Mrs. Watkins received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree from Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1964 and 1965, respectively. Her term expires in 2020.