Office of the President

President Clif Smart

Dr. Drew A. Bennett

Drew A. Bennett






Kellett Hall 204


WP Chancellor's Office

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Missouri State University
WP Chancellor's Office
128 Garfield
West Plains, MO 65775 work
Chancellor, West Plains


  • PhD, Adult and Extension Education, 1991, Texas A&M
  • MS, National Security Strategy, 2001, National War College
  • MS, Human Relations, 1984, Golden Gate University
  • BA, History, 1977, Tulane University

Professional experience

  • Chancellor, Missouri State University West Plains, 2007-present
  • Commandant of the Marine Corps Chair, 2005-2007
  • Adjunct professor, Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and Norwich University, 2005-2007
  • Chief of Staff, Third Marine Division, 2004-2005
  • Regimental commander and base commander, Camp Schwab, 2002-2004
  • Distance education adjunct faculty member, USMC Command and Staff College, 2002-2004
  • Deputy director of operations, Plans, Policy & Operations, HQMC, Pentagon, 2001-2002
  • Battalion commander, 29 Palms, Calif., 1998-2000
  • Adjunct professor, Central Texas College
  • Regimental operations officer, 29 Palms, Calif., 1997-1998
  • Congressional fellow, Officer of the Speaker of the House, 1996-1997
  • Head of commandant’s staff group leading speech writing communications team, HQMC Pentagon, 1995-1996
  • Crisis Action Team executive officer and amphibious operations officer, Combined Forces Command, Korea, 1993-1995
  • Company commander, Camp Pendleton, Calif., 1988-1991
  • Assistant professor, Texas A&M University, 1984-1988
  • Aerial observer flying in OV-10 and UH-1 aircraft, New River, NC, 1980-1984
  • Platoon commander & company commander, Jacksonville, NC, 1977-1980

Research and professional interests

Community service

  • Board member, Rural Community College Alliance, 2011
  • Committee chair, West Plains Rotary, 2010
  • Literacy Volunteers of America, 1991-92

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