Office of the President

President Clif Smart

Clif Smart

Clif Smart






Carrington Hall 201


President's Office

Postal mail

Missouri State University
President's Office
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897 work


  • JD, 1986, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • BA Political Science, 1983, Tulane University

Professional experience

  • President, Missouri State University, 2012-present
  • Interim president, Missouri State University, 2011-2012
  • General counsel, Missouri State University, 2007-2011
  • Shareholder and vice president, The Strong Law Firm, 1992-2007
  • Associate, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, 1990-1992
  • U.S. Army, 1986-1990

Research and professional interests

Professional associations

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

Community involvement

  • Member of the board of directors, Arc of the Ozarks, 2010-present
  • Member of the board of directors, Springfield Regional Opera, 2010-present
  • Member of the CoxHealth board of directors, 2011-present
  • Member of the United Way of the Ozarks board of directors, 2011-present

Awards and honors

  • Licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Missouri
  • AV rated lawyer
  • Listed in "Best Lawyers in America"
  • Missouri Super Lawyer
  • Selected to the panel of three applicants submitted to the Governor for vacant Missouri Supreme Court positions, 2002 and 2004
  • Elected as one of two lawyer members of the 31st Circuit Judicial Commission, 2009

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