Missouri State Gives President Smart Significant Raise

Missouri State President Clif Smart received praise from the Board of Governors for his performance on the job and a significant bump to his salary.

Smart was evaluated on a series of nine major categories by the Board:

  • Strategic leadership
  • Educational leadership
  • Organizational management
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising
  • External relations
  • Internal relations
  • Board and governance relations
  • Personal characteristics and values

The result of the evaluation gave Smart “very high” ratings in all categories.

“President Smart’s success in obtaining a $10 million core-funding increase in state appropriations is a game changer for the university,” Board Chair Gabriel E. Gore said in a statement. “There have been, and continue to be, many challenges for the university; however, this ongoing funding increase enables the university to continue to provide an affordable, quality education to Missouri State’s students.”

Smart was given a $25,000 salary increase by the board.

Smart then donated the entire increase to the Clif and Gail Smart endowed professorship in the Darr College of Agriculture.

“This has been an important year for the university,” Smart said in a statement. “The additional core funding enables us to address the current challenges and be even more successful.”

Smart began as interim president in 2011, officially taking the job in October 2012. His current contract runs through 2026.

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