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Remaining Loyal and True

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Media Contact: Mack Burke  | Editorial Coordinator | 405-744-5540 |

A Letter From President Burns Hargis

It is with mixed emotions that I write this message. This is the last issue of STATE magazine during my time as Oklahoma State University president.

For First Cowgirl Ann and me, these have been the most rewarding times of our careers. It is difficult to step away. But we also look forward to the exciting next chapter in our lives.

The success Oklahoma State has enjoyed the past 13 years was made possible by the support, generosity and passion of the entire Cowboy family. Students, employees, alumni and donors united in record numbers to transform our university. It’s hard to wrap my head around all that has happened and all we have accomplished together, and yet the years have flown by quickly.

Ann and I will miss the boundless energy on our beautiful campus. We will miss selfies with students, visits with alumni across the globe, hearing donors explain the passion behind their incredible donations, the joy and energy of a sunny day on library lawn.

We will miss the innovative and life-changing research and teaching of our talented and dedicated faculty, the commitment and hard work of staff, and the creativity, talent and exuberance of students. The list goes on and on.

As we retire at the end of June, you can be assured we will remain as loyal and true as ever. Thank you for your support. We encourage you to stay connected and continue to do your part to write the OSU story. I know the university is poised for continued success.

Ann and I have been overwhelmed by your response and your love during our time at OSU. Words cannot express the depth of our gratitude. You have made the last 13 years a period we will cherish with the fondest of memories.

In closing, thank you! Best wishes and Go Pokes!!

Burns Hargis Signature

The Hargis Presidency

For more articles from this edition of STATE magazine on the transformative Hargis era:

Hargis years see OSU rise to new heights:

Burns Hargis built the perfect background for leading Oklahoma State:

Ann Hargis looks back:

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