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About the First Cowgirl


Ann Hargis became the “First Lady”, or “First Cowgirl”, of Oklahoma State

University when her husband, Burns, took office as the 18th President of

the OSU System on March 10, 2008. In addition to partnering with

President Hargis on activities with students, faculty, alumni, donors and

others, she is active across the campus and involved in several community organizations.


On the OSU campus, Ann is involved with Friends of the Library, Friends of

Music, and the Women for OSU Leadership Philanthropy Council. She was

also instrumental in developing and launching OSU’s nationally unique Pet

Therapy Program, Pete’s Pet Posse, and is an active participant with her

therapy dog, Scruff.

Sharing her love for good health and physical fitness, she has taken a

leadership role in OSU’s wellness efforts and the university’s position as

America’s HEALTHIEST Campus ®. She has led a yoga class for OSU

faculty and staff, as well as provided yoga lessons to OSU golfers and the

women’s basketball team. To help spotlight student and faculty

accomplishments and the various programs and offerings at OSU, Mrs.

Hargis makes regular visits across the OSU campus. She frequently

provides “taxi” service to students in her orange golf cart, Clementine.


In December 2016, Mrs. Hargis was presented the OSU Loyal and True

Award and accepted on behalf of Pete’s Pet Posse.

Ann Hargis with scarf 

The award is given to an individual or group who personifies the spirit of OSU through

unwavering devotion, personal sacrifice and commitment of time and

talents. In October 2014, Mrs. Hargis was recognized as Oklahoma

Woman of the Year by the Journal Record for her service to the community

and leadership in the area of wellness. In 2019, she accepted the OK

Humane Society Hero Award on behalf of Pete’s Pet Posse. Also in

2019, the Hargises received the George Nigh Public Service in the Arts

Award, which recognizes Oklahoma government officials for their

outstanding support of the arts.


In the community, Mrs. Hargis is a board member of the Stillwater Public

Education Foundation and the Payne County Youth Services. At the state

level, she was appointed by the Governor in 2012 as one of 15 members of

the Oklahoma Arts Council.


A native of Dallas, Mrs. Hargis earned her bachelor’s degree in math and

Latin from the University of Texas. She worked a number of years in the

information technology industry and advertising and marketing.

In December 2019, Oklahoma State University awarded Mrs. Hargis an

honorary doctorate for her dedication to health and wellness at Oklahoma

State University and for her creation of Pete’s Pet Posse.


Prior to coming to Stillwater, Ann was actively involved in community and

volunteer work in Oklahoma City in an assortment of areas, including

health and children’s issues and the arts. She is a member of Leadership

Oklahoma Class V.

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