Missouri State University President Clif Smart announced today (Sept. 6) that he will retire in the summer of 2024. Smart has served as the 11th president of Missouri State since June 27, 2011.
“It has been my greatest honor to serve as president of Missouri State University,” Smart said. “I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the unyielding dedication and the remarkable passion of our students, faculty and staff.
“As I approach retirement, I can’t help but smile at the memories we’ve created and the progress we’ve made together. This institution will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to see how its story continues to unfold.”
Accomplishments under Smart’s leadership
“Missouri State University has thrived under Clif’s leadership,” Board of Governors Chair Chris Waters said. “He saw us through the very challenging years of the pandemic and has moved the university forward in too many ways to name.
“Clif’s visionary leadership, unwavering commitment to academic excellence and genuine passion for the growth of our students have left a lasting mark on our university. He has led with integrity and innovation. His impact will continue to resonate within…