Clif’s Notes Vol. 3, No. 13

Clif's Notes

In this issue of Clif’s Notes, I provide an update on this year’s budget, summarize the renovation of Pummill Hall, report on the recent trip to China and draw your attention to the University’s new pouring rights contract.

Missouri CapitolFiscal year 2014 budget update

On May 20, Governor Jay Nixon announced budget withholdings from higher education and other state agencies due to insufficient revenues, specifically from lottery proceeds. For Missouri State, that means $1,158,338. This withholding is on top of the $353,017 that was announced a few weeks ago — for a total of $1,511,355 in withholdings for this current fiscal year (FY 2014).

As you would expect, we are disappointed that the withholding was necessary, especially this late in the fiscal year, but we understand the relationship between state revenues and state appropriations. Because this comes so late in the year, there is no reasonable way to adjust the annual budget. We will, therefore, cover this from reserves.

Fortunately, through good stewardship over many years by multiple presidents and all of you, Missouri State has sufficient reserves to cover such emergencies. That is the purpose of the reserves.

As you recall, I have previously committed to fund the first withholding of $353,017 from the president’s reserve. That has not changed. In addition, the president’s reserve will cover half — $579,169 – of the most recent withholding. That means of the $1,511,355 total withholding, the president’s reserve will cover $932,186. The remaining $579,169 will be distributed proportionally to West Plains and the cost centers on the Springfield campus. All will use their reserves to cover their share.

Pummill HallPummill Hall renovation

Renovation of Pummill Hall will begin in June, with a completion target of July 2015 in time for the 2015 fall semester. The construction contract was approved by the Board of Governors Executive Committee on May 21.

Pummill Hall was built in 1957 and includes 41,948 square feet of space. The renovation budget is $6.9 million, $5.4 of which will be paid centrally with maintenance and repair, classroom upgrades and the president’s budget. The remaining $1.5 million will be shared equally among private donations, the College of Natural and Applied Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services.

All four floors of the building will be renovated. The hospitality and restaurant administration department will occupy the top two floors, the School of Social Work will be on the first floor and the second floor will consist of general classroom space. In addition to the interior renovation, the exterior curtain wall and all exterior glazing will be replaced and upgraded to a much more energy efficient system.

We are very excited to get this project under way. Not only will it provide quality space for these units, but it also will free up much-needed space for our health programs in the Professional Building.

Clif Smart in ChinaChina trip

As you know, on May 17, I joined a Missouri State delegation on a 10-day trip to China. It was a very productive trip, and I wanted to summarize it for you.

  • We had two very good alumni events, with 100 alumni turning out in Jinan and 82 in Beijing. Those attending included alumni of our undergraduate programs, graduate programs and Executive MBA. All are very proud of Missouri State.
  • Our new International Leadership and Training Center is becoming more well-known and appears to be meeting a need. We were able to identify several potential clients for the Center.
  • We also met with several potential partner universities who could send us new undergraduate and graduate students, including President Liu of Xian International Studies (at right).
  • We were pleased that students completing our Study in China Program, who are now living and working in Shanghai, have been instrumental in creating paid internship opportunities at their companies for our students.
  • We visited with many of our current partners, including a 10-year anniversary celebration dinner with representatives from the Ningxia Forestry Institute and China Agricultural University. Plus, we signed several new agreements:
    • Memorandum of Understanding for Collaborative Program of the Master of Business Administration Studies in the U.S. with the Henan University of Economics and Law
    • Memorandum of Understanding with Ningxia Forestry Institute (The State Key Laboratory of Seedling Biotechnology)

Missouri State was among the first U.S. universities to work with China 15 years ago, and the University has been a leader in educational partnerships since then. Our China Program continues to be a signature program for Missouri State, thanks to the strong relationshipsbuilt by Dr. Jim Baker, Steve Robinette, Dave Meinert, Brad Bodenhausen and others.

Ozarks Coca-Cola Dr. Pepper Bottling CompanyCoke awarded contract

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling has been awarded the University’s pouring rights contract. At a maximum duration of 11 years and valued at approximately $6 million, the pouring rights contracts is one of the largest non-construction contracts the University signs. Coca-Cola won the exclusive right to serve its products on campus with a bid more than $500,000 better than PepsiCo for the life of the contract.

I want to thank Chief Financial Officer Steve Foucart, General Counsel Penni Groves, and Director of Procurement Mike Wills, along with the members of the evaluation committee, for their good work on this RFP process. I believe we ended up with a very good contract.

Students in classConclusion

Enjoy your break, no matter how long you have. For some, I know the beginning of summer school will be here shortly.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State University.


Telling the Missouri State story

Creative marketing campaigns built on sound strategy integrating traditional and emerging media and communications resources — this is the challenge presented to Ad Team each spring.

2014 Ad TeamFirst-place win

On May 15, Ad Team — a student-run advertising agency within the marketing program in the AACSB-accredited College of Business — won first place in the API (American Petroleum Institute) “Challenge Your Energy IQ Case Competition,” hosted by EdVenture Partners in San Francisco. This is just one year after Ad Team won first place in the national AT&T Campus Challenge for their “inTEXTicated” campaign.

“This year’s API competition presented an opportunity to help increase awareness and encourage education about one of the most critical challenges we face: energy for tomorrow,” said Dr. Melissa Burnett, professor of marketing and Ad Team adviser.


The 2014 MSU Ad Team consisted of these students:

  • Trevor Collins
  • Lanae Flatness
  • Alan Schieber
  • Brittney Laramie
  • Whitney Reece
  • Jessica Ray
  • Jared Horman
  • Patrick Cooper
  • Shea Sullivan
  • Lucas Eubank
  • Megan Etter
  • Ally Gramlich
  • Ryan Owens

Passion for marketing

The students showcased their drive and passion for marketing and attained an unparalleled real-world, hands-on experience by designing every element of a marketing campaign. They also built on the tradition of success of Missouri State’s Ad Team.

Clif Smart

About Clif Smart

Clifton "Clif" M. Smart III has served as the 11th president of Missouri State University since June 27, 2011. Smart is known throughout campus and the state of Missouri for his collaborative leadership and strong relationships with students, faculty and staff. During his tenure, the university has continually set new enrollment records, added degree programs and constructed or extensively renovated more than a dozen major campus facilities. Before his presidency, Smart served as the Missouri State University’s general counsel.
Send Comments to the President's Office
This entry was posted in Clif's Notes, Financial Outlook, Smart and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.