Oklahoma State University - President

Mr. Burns Hargis

President | Oklahoma State University System | Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University System
Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Mr. Burns Hargis


Mr. Burns Hargis was named the 18th president of Oklahoma State University and the OSU System in December 2007 and took office March 10, 2008.

President Hargis, who holds degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University and in law from the University of Oklahoma, is the second OSU graduate to lead the university as president. 

Before being named OSU president, Mr. Hargis had a long and distinguished legal and business career, with active civic and philanthropic leadership across many fronts. 

A firm believer in the power of imagination and collaboration, Mr. Hargis was the first chair of the Oklahoma Creativity Project.  He has served and chaired many boards, including the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges of Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Hargis received the state’s highest honor when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2009.

Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University - President

OSU was Cenergistic’s first university client, and the original Energy Specialists are still in place. They’ve developed new skills, and formed a close working relationship with the physical plant group. OSU has been recognized for its conservation success, and recently the governor of Oklahoma signed legislation to create a state-wide conservation program based on the success of OSU’s program, as well as that of other Cenergistic clients in the state.


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