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Suzy Harrington is Oklahoma State University's new chief wellness officer

Suzy Harrington will oversee all the programs and services for complete health and wellness of the Oklahoma State University community.
by Kathryn McNutt Published: November 10, 2013

A former military nurse who oversaw the U.S. Air Force's 74 health and wellness centers worldwide has brought her passion for well-being to Oklahoma State University.

Suzanne “Suzy” Harrington was chosen for the new position of chief wellness officer after a national search.

She is charged with overseeing all programs and operations involving the health and wellness of mind, body and spirit.

“Health is so much more than just one-on-one fitness,” Harrington said.

OSU offers programs and services for faculty, staff, students and members of its wellness facilities that include nutrition counseling, health risk assessments, group fitness, intramurals, adaptive sports, personal training and counseling.

“We needed someone to coordinate all these efforts and all the things we can do as we strive to be America's healthiest campus,” OSU President Burns Hargis said.

The goal is to keep OSU's community of 35,000 people healthy physically, mentally, academically and financially.

Hargis said Harrington is the perfect person for the job. She reports directly to the president.

She started one month ago and found OSU to be committed to its health initiatives — from the tobacco-free campus and ongoing health research to dozens of personal trainers and a new pet therapy pilot program.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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