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MSU President Gets $25k Raise, Donates It Back to University Foundation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The university says the Board of Governors gave Clif Smart the raise for "exceeding high expectations" in his first year as permanent president.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State University President was given a $25,000 raise this week, which he immediately donated.

The university says the Board of Governors gave Clif Smart the raise for "exceeding high expectations" in his first year as permanent president.

In a closed session Thursday, the Board unanimously approved the salary increase. On Friday, Smart wrote a check for the entire amount to the Missouri State Foundation and designated it for the Dr. Alice Fleetwood Bartee Endowed Scholarship.

The late Dr. Alice Barteewas a long-time political science professor at MSU.

Smart is known for giving back some of the perks of his job. For the second year, he plans to donate his $40,000 housing allowance to the Foundation. MSU says that money will benefit the the Gail and Clif Smart Professorship in Agriculture and the Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex in JQH Arena, which will provide locker rooms, office and related facilities for the Bears and Lady Bears basketball teams.

Smart's leadership is being credited for helping the school set an all-time record enrollment of 21,059 at the Springfield campus.

Smart became university president on Oct. 16, 2012. His contract runs through June 20, 2018.
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