An anonymous seven-figure donation to Missouri State University will pave the way for a new alumni center on campus. The new Clifton M. Smart III Advancement Center will serve as the hub for university advancement, the alumni association, and the Missouri State Foundation.

“I was stunned to learn someone had given an anonymous lead gift to name the advancement center in my honor,” said President Clif Smart. “I have loved being president of this university and am so pleased my name will be forever associated with it. Thank you.”

When complete, the 28,000-square-foot building will provide additional space for events, collaborations, and meetings.

The indoor event space will be named for Kenneth E. Meyer, who made gifts to the current alumni center. It will have seating for 200. An outdoor gathering area will be utilized for students and visitors.

The building will also have offices which will house the Missouri State Foundation and university advancement team, which includes development, alumni engagement and relations, donor relations, and special events, advancement services, and the athletics department.

It will also include a display featuring the university’s history and the impact philanthropy has made over the years.

Construction on the new $20 million center will begin in early 2025 and is expected to conclude in summer 2026.

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