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Introducing the Hargis Leadership Institute

Empowering outstanding leaders
The Hargis Leadership Institute encompasses passionate individuals who desire to consistently exhibit exceptional leadership. We value cultivating leaders on the basis of three fundamental pillars—identity, relationships, and leadership skills. As an institute we partner with other university departments, private industry, and community groups to create leadership development opportunities.
The Hargis Leadership Institute aligns with Oklahoma State University’s land-grant mission by investing in the leaders of today and tomorrow. Through their life-giving community leadership, this network of leaders will be equipped to create better communities for all.


Lead the change.
#LeadOrange redefines the way that we perceive and celebrate America’s brightest leaders at Oklahoma State University. Through storytelling, this campus-wide recognition of leadership excellence highlights students, faculty, and staff. These stories worth spreading are featured through a virtual leadership-centered campaign called the President’s Celebration of Leadership, as well as an annual Lead Orange awards ceremony.

Leadership Institute Endowed Chair

Burns Hargis
Burns Hargis’ passion for both outstanding leadership and the state of Oklahoma is evident through his unrelenting dedication to service. He was an active leader throughout his career, as the former president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and serving as a Fellow for the American Bar Foundation.
As president for Oklahoma State University, Burns brought to life a vision that built upon the legacy of Oklahoma State and firmly established the university as a modern land-grant institution. His leadership has been marked by record-setting fundraising, enrollment growth, new and enhanced facilities, and a growing national reputation for academic and research advances.

Leadership Opportunities

The Hargis Leadership Institute enriches the student leadership experience through a variety of programs and services 

President's Leadership Council

The PLC is a competitive scholarship and leadership program for outstanding freshmen that teaches the importance of leadership and serving throughout life.

Lead 4 Success

Lead 4 Success is a two-day leadership training program open to all current students that teaches the 4 fundamental competencies of leadership.

McKnight Scholars

The McKnight Scholars Leadership Program identifies, equips and empowers young scholars to become life-giving leaders.


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