SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

Missouri State University President Clif Smart gets a pat on the back – and a contract extension. The university’s Board of Governors rewarded Smart with a four-year extension to his contract to run through June 30, 2022.

“The Board feels that Clif has done an outstanding job as president of Missouri State,” said Beverly Miller, Board of Governor’s chair. “The contract extension underscores our confidence in his ability to move the university in the right direction. So many good things are happening in the Missouri State system, and we feel strongly about supporting his leadership of the university well into the future.”

Smart presented his self-assessment to the Board in an executive session at its June meeting. The Board then completed an electronic survey that evaluated Smart in nine major categories: strategic leadership; educational leadership; organizational management; financial management; fundraising; external relations; internal relations; Board and governance relations; and personal characteristics and values. The Board completed its evaluation in executive session this week as part of its annual summer retreat.

“I am excited by the many good things that happened at Missouri State over the past year and look forward to building on that success this year and beyond,” Smart said. “I greatly appreciate the Board’s confidence in me and their enthusiastic support for the direction that the university is heading. I also want to thank the faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors who contributed so much to a tremendous year.”

Along with the contract extension, Smart will receive a 1.5 percent salary increase. The Board was prepared to offer a more significant increase, but deferred to Smart’s request that, in light of budgetary concerns, he receive the same 1.5 percent increase provided to faculty and staff.

Again this year, Smart says he will donate his $40,000 housing allowance to the Foundation. Of the total, $30,000 will be the third installment to endow the Gail and Clif Smart Professorship in Agriculture, which began in October 2012. The remaining $10,000 will go to The eFactory in honor of former MSU president Dr. Michael Nietzel.

Smart joined Missouri State as General Counsel on Dec. 1, 2007, after a successful 20-year legal career. He was named interim president June 27, 2011, and became the 11th president of Missouri State on Oct. 16, 2012.