SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Missouri State University has chosen its interim president, Clif M. Smart III, to take the position permanently.
Smart was the university's top legal adviser before being named interim president in June 2011 when James Cofer stepped down after less than a year in the job.
The university announced Tuesday that Smart will be paid $275,000 a year.
After the board of governors gave him a $40,000 housing allowance, Smart said he and his wife will donate that amount to the Missouri State Foundation. The money will be used to fund a professor's position in agriculture and other campus activities.
Smart was one of two final candidates for the job. The other finalist, Dr. Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University in Kentucky, withdrew on Monday.