Episode description: In this special episode of In Our Town, Tom bids a fond farewell to a beloved figure in higher education as Clif Smart, the distinguished president of Missouri State University, embarks on his well-deserved retirement. Join us as we reflect on Clif’s transformative leadership, the impact he has had on the university and community, and what the future holds for both him and the institution.
About the podcast: In Our Town is a podcast about Springfield, Mo. issues and leaders, hosted by Tom Carlson, publisher and founder of the Springfield Daily Citizen.
About the host: Tom Carlson is the publisher and founder of the Springfield Daily Citizen. An attorney and real estate developer who specializes in affordable housing, Tom was the longest-serving mayor of Springfield, serving 14 years over seven non-consecutive terms between 1988 and 2009.