Thirty-six individuals representing a diverse group comprised of faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and regents will serve as members of the Oklahoma State University Presidential Search Committee. The committee will conduct a national search to find a successor to OSU President Burns Hargis, who recently announced his plans to retire in July 2021. Upon his retirement, Hargis will have served 13 years as president of OSU.
“We have brought together OSU campus and community stakeholders from inside and outside our university to identify a diverse and impressive pool of candidates to recommend for the presidency of our great land-grant institution,” said Rick Davis, Chair of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.
OSU Regent Joe D. Hall from Elk City, Oklahoma, will chair the search committee. Now in his third eight-year term on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, Hall was part of the process that resulted in the selection of Hargis as president in 2008 and several other high-profile leadership appointments. Hall graduated from OSU in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
“I am pleased Regent Hall agreed to chair the committee,” Davis said. "His experience with previous searches and knowledge of OSU and the system will be invaluable. Selecting the next president to lead OSU and its system institutions is critically important as we seek to maintain the momentum built during the successful Hargis presidency.”
“The members of the search committee share a singular goal to help the regents identify the best person to lead OSU in the years ahead,“ Hall said. “I am pleased with the diversity and variety of the members and their willingness to engage in this meaningful task. We are committed to conducting a thorough and expeditious national search as the committee identifies candidates capable of leading one of the nation’s premier land-grant academic, research and healthcare institutions.”
Buffkin/Baker, a national search firm steeped in university presidential search experience, will be assisting the regents and search committee.
“We also want to encourage input from the broad OSU community, and have created a website (presidentsearch.okstate.edu) where people can offer their thoughts and ideas as well as stay informed of the search,” Hall said.
The committee’s first task will be to develop a position profile, outlining the qualities and characteristics sought in the next president of OSU and the OSU System. In addition to OSU in Stillwater, the system includes OSU-Tulsa, OSU-Oklahoma City, OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Stillwater.
The search process will continue during the spring semester with the goal of naming a new president before the end of this academic year, June 30, 2021.
The OSU Presidential Search Committee
Mr. Joe Hall, Chair
Mr. Calvin Anthony
Mr. Rick Davis
Dr. Trudy Milner
OSU – Stillwater faculty
Dr. Pamela Lovern
Dr. Heather Fahlenkamp
Dr. Beatrix Haggard
Dr. Jose Sagarnaga
Ms. Jaden Kasitz
Mr. Luke Muller
Ms. Maegan Berg
Ms. Jada Lusk
OSU – Stillwater staff
Ms. Tashia Cheves
OSU/A&M Board of Regents staff
Mr. Jason Ramsey
OSU – Stillwater administrator
Mr. Kyle Wray
Vice President of Institutional Diversity
Dr. Jason Kirksey
OSU Athletics Department representative
Mr. Chad Weiberg
Dr. Scott Newman
OSU – Oklahoma City representative
Ms. Tamra Banks Johnston
OSU – Center for Health Sciences representative
Ms. Sherrita Sweet
OSU – Tulsa representative
Mr. Brett Lessley
OSU Foundation President
Ms. Blaire Atkinson
OSU Alumni Association representative
Mr. Tony LoPresto
City of Stillwater representative
Mayor Will Joyce
Mr. Bill John Baker, Mr. Mike Boynton, Mr. Joe Eastin, Ms. Kay Ferguson, Ms. Terry Stuart Forst, Ms. Helen Hodges, Dr. Brett Jameson, Mr. Ross McKnight, Mr. Malone Mitchell, Mr. Rodd Moesel, Mr. Carl Thoma, Ms. Lou Watkins, Mr. Sam Combs, Mr. Robert Cummins
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