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