By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis said record enrollment numbers will result in 50 new faculty positions in the next school year on the Stillwater campus.
“The enrollment gains have been extraordinary, but what has been equally as extraordinary is where they come from,” said Hargis. “Of the 4,300 new freshmen, 37 percent are from out of state.”
Hargis said out-of-state freshmen are predominately from Texas, Kansas and California.
“I think the Okies are coming home,” Hargis said.
Hargis addressed a number of issues during a 30-minute speech Friday at the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon at Meditations.
Hargis said OSU’s recent TEDx presentation attracted 20,000 viewers from 31 countries who watched the program on OKState.TV.
“Isn’t that incredible?” said Hargis. “OKState.TV is going to be fabulous. We are going to be able to air a lot of our athletic events, not football or basketball, but most of the other sports. We have an arrangement with Learfield Sports that anything they don’t broadcast we can.”
Hargis said the university’s Branding Success fundraising campaign is now up to $936 million. He said the state of Oklahoma has contributed matching funds in the amount of $120 million. The campaign has attracted 80,000 new donors.
The Monroe Street construction project should be completed by the end of the year, he said. Progress continues on parking garage construction on the southwest side of campus.
Hargis said he hopes to have more parking garages on campus. The renovation of the Postal Plaza art museum should be completed by summer and ultimately, the university would like to build an art museum adjacent to the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts.
He said the indoor practice facility on Hall of Fame Avenue will be completed by spring, and progress continues on the indoor tennis facility on the corner of Washington Street and McElroy Road.