After doing the job with an ‘interim’ in the title for 16 months, attorney Clif Smart today was named the 11th president of Missouri State University.
Smart, hired as the university’s general counsel in 2007, was appointed as interim president after helping negotiate the departure of previous president James Cofer in June 2011.
Increased transparency, enrollment growth and fiscal responsibility have been among his stated goals since then. As part of the presidential search process, he emphasized local ties while laying out his goals for expanding MSU’s “signature programs” and transforming the university from “good to great.”
This decision comes after the only external candidate Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University in Kentucky, withdrew his name from consideration Monday.