President Burns Hargis has led Oklahoma State University through a transformational period with his leadership throughout the Branding Success campaign and into today, ensuring OSU is the premier land-grant university
in the country.
President Burns Hargis

President Burns Hargis

Our President’s Leadership

President Burns Hargis is living proof of the promise of Oklahoma State. An OSU graduate — the first to lead the university since 1966 — he has earned a distinguished reputation for effective, passionate leadership in private enterprise and public life. When he began his role as OSU’s 18th president on March 10, 2008, President Hargis wasted no time in making strides toward the bold future he envisioned for this university.

Transformative leadership has been the hallmark of President Hargis’ legacy. Through his leadership, OSU has achieved record enrollment, added new facilities and enhanced programming on all five campuses.

It was President Hargis’ audacious vision that carried us through Branding Success: The Campaign for OSU, resulting in $1.2 billion given and pledged throughout the duration of the campaign. His belief in the future of OSU has been a motivational force, which has seen participation from tens of thousands of friends and alumni, more than 1,000 new scholarship funds and 135 new endowed faculty positions.

You can read more about President Hargis at president.okstate.edu.


Our President’s Passions

President Hargis’ bold vision is for this modern land-grant university to cut across disciplinary boundaries, better preparing students for success while shaping them into ethical leaders who will make a positive, meaningful and enduring difference.

“Only one thing holds us back from a position of prominence: a lack of resources. The obstacles before us are in our power to overcome. And the possibilities are exhilarating.” President Burns Hargis

Below are just a few areas of interest of which President Hargis is most passionate. If you share the same passion for OSU, learn more about these initiatives and make your impact today.

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The McKnight Center for Performing Arts

President Hargis believes strongly in providing the resources necessary to compete on a national level in the performing arts. As the new home of the Department of Music, the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will host traveling stage productions as well as operas, orchestra and other musical student performances led by OSU’s acclaimed faculty. LEARN MORE


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Campus Beautification

Campus beautification is part of President and Mrs. Hargis’ long-term vision for the future of OSU and has been embraced as a key to connecting current and former students back to Stillwater. LEARN MORE


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Need-Based Scholarships

President Hargis is focused on providing assistance for students facing extenuating circumstances with limited financial resources. As a part of our land-grant mission, OSU strives to make a college degree affordable and accessible to those looking to pursue a higher education. LEARN MORE


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CEAT Undergraduate Lab

The building will foster students as they master basic engineering principles at a small scale that will later translate into larger, more complex projects and scenarios as they move into advanced education, specialization and careers. LEARN MORE


Make An Impact

President's Fellows

One way to support President Hargis’ vision for the university is through President’s Fellows, a unique society made up of the most passionate and loyal Oklahoma State University alumni and supporters. It provides an opportunity to support the larger priorities of our university through the leadership of President Hargis.

Your annual commitment of $10,000 or more to the President’s Fellows fund means you believe in a better OSU and are partnering with President Hargis to provide vital resources where and when they are needed most.

For more information about how to support our university as a part of President’s Fellows, visit our President’s Fellows page.