V. Burns Hargis
V. Burns Hargis
"I've known and worked with Burns for many years, and think that he has done immeasurable good for Oklahoma in the past and is doing groundbreaking work shaping the Oklahoma minds that will be critical to its future."
V. Burns Hargis has been a passionate and creative Oklahoma leader for nearly 40 years. Today he serves as the 18th president of Oklahoma State University. He is only the second OSU graduate to serve as president and holds degrees in accounting from OSU and in law from the University of Oklahoma. Hargis has brought incredible enthusiasm and energy to OSU. Shortly after becoming president, Hargis led a record-setting fund-raising initiative. He has a bold vision of creating a modern land-grant university that combines disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Prior to becoming president of OSU, Hargis had a distinguished banking and legal career and led many active civic and philanthropic initiatives. Hargis was a candidate for the Republication nomination for governor of Oklahoma in 1990 and is familiar to many Oklahomans through the political perspective and wit he provided on the award-winning television program “Flashpoint.” A firm believer in the power of imagination and collaboration, Hargis was the first chair of the Oklahoma Creativity Project, which seeks to catalyze a culture of creativity in culture, commerce, and education. Hargis and his wife, Ann, have two married children and three grandchildren.
Hargis' longtime co-host on the TV show "Flashpoint," Mike Turpen, also lost a bid for governor of Oklahoma. Turpen often says, "All you have to do to get a TV show in Oklahoma is run for governor and lose. We like to say we put the 'goober' in gubernatorial."
Hargis moved with his parents to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1961 and enrolled in John Marshall High School.