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Published on Oct 16, 2012
Clifton M. "Clif" Smart III was named the 11th president of Missouri State University. Smart, who served as interim president for the past 16 months, will begin his duties immediately (Oct. 16).
Smart was one of two candidates invited for on-campus interviews between Oct. 8-11. The other finalist was Dr. Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University in Kentucky, who withdrew via email Monday afternoon (Oct. 15).
Smart was introduced as the new president today (Oct. 16) in a ceremony in the Plaster Student Union Theater, with Board of Governors members on stage flanking Smart and his wife, Gail. Members of the campus community and Springfield community filled the 450-seat theater. Missouri State band members played the fight song as the Smarts walked onto the stage.