OSU Regents To Consider Hargis For Presidency

Friday, November 30th 2007, 6:23 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Regents governing Oklahoma State University plan a special meeting next week to consider Oklahoma City businessman Burns Hargis as the school's next president. According to a statement released from the school Thursday, the purpose of the meeting is to address the school's ongoing presidential search. But it also said before the meeting, a public forum for faculty, staff and students would be held.

Hargis is a former chairman of the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents and is vice chairman of BOK Financial Corporation, the holding company of Bank of Oklahoma.

If selected, Hargis would be the school's 18th president and succeed David Schmidly, who resigned earlier this year to become the president at the University of New Mexico.

OSU Provost and Senior Vice President Marlene Strathe has served as interim president, but hasn't said if she's applied for the permanent job.

Hargis didn't immediately return a phone message left at his home Thursday night.