About the First Lady/Cowgirl
Oklahoma State University
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. 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.
Mrs. Hargis and her husband have two children - son Matt and daughter Kate Haas, married to Richard; and three grandchildren - Peighton, Preston and Oliver.