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Wellness With Ann Hargis

Dear Cowboy family,

Wellness is an important part of life for both the president and me. 

When we arrived on campus, we were delighted to find an already robust wellness program started by an OSU benefactor, the late Bud Seretean. Wellness has continued to grow and expand, and our campus has continued to seek innovative and creative ways to incorporate wellness into the lives of faculty, staff and students. 

I am delighted that we have taken an even bigger step, and a chief wellness officer is now in place. We welcome to campus Suzy Harrington. 

The future of wellness on our campus has never been so bright, and we look forward to reaching our goal of becoming America’s HEALTHIEST Campus.

In health,



Ann Hargis

About Suzy Harrington

Harrington comes to OSU from the American Nurses Association, where she was the director of the Department for Health, Safety and Wellness. Her department actively promoted the health, safety and wellness of nurses and the nursing profession. 

Harrington is a national speaker and subject-matter expert, quoted in USA Today, The Journal of the American Medical Association and

She has excelled in a variety of health related roles including as the National Committee of Quality Assurance’s director of customer resources, where she spoke nationally on health care quality topics. 

Harrington’s favorite position was that of the Air Force health promotion and fitness program manager, where she provided health expertise, consultancy and advocacy to plan and direct the worldwide Air Force health promotion for 74 health and wellness center systems and interdisciplinary staff. 

Prior to the national position, in San Antonio she orchestrated the first Air Force tobacco-free medical campus and first Air Force tobacco-free fitness center campus.

Harrington’s nursing experience includes community clinic management, acute and critical care, health promotion, nurse recruiter, school health, radiology, course development and military nursing.

Harrington concentrated her Rush University doctorate of nursing practice in health care business and management, and health promotion, earning the College of Nursing Dean’s Award and the Rush Nurse Alumni Association Award. She became a Certified Health Education Specialist in 2001 after graduating with her master’s degree in health sciences. She was one of the first to receive her master’s certification in 2011. Her baccalaureate in nursing is from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.