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'I’m forever grateful for his mentorship and friendship': Shrum reflects on Hargis' mentorship

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Dr. Kayse Shrum is preparing to make history as OSU's first female president.

When Dr. Kayse Shrum was announced as the 19th president of Oklahoma State University, she shared some advice that was given to her by her future predecessor. 

During the press conference for last week’s announcement, Shrum talked about conversations she’s had with current OSU president, Burns Hargis, about what the position is like to serve as the leader of OSU. 

“President Hargis and I have talked many times about leadership and really throughout my career, and what has stuck with me the most from him and the first Cowgirl is that, if I were provided the opportunity, that it is an unbelievable experience and privilege to able to serve as the Oklahoma State University president,” Shrum said. 

One of her first goals is to engage with the students, staff and faculty. 

Shrum said that she hopes to keep in contact with Hargis throughout the transition and even retirement. 

“President Hargis and I, I imagine, we’ll continue to stay in contact throughout the years and for the next several months as we transition,” Shrum said. “I’m forever grateful for his mentorship and friendship.” 

Shrum will make history as the first female president at OSU. 

“It is just a tremendous opportunity,” Shrum said.