Graves Named to University of Missouri Board of Curators

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed firm partner Todd Graves to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. He will serve a six-year term on the nine-member board.

The Board of Curators serves as the governing body of the University of Missouri System, which includes the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Graves earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri in 1988. He fills the sixth congressional slot on the Board of Curators, and his term will expire January 1, 2027.

“I’m privileged and honored to serve as a Curator and plan to fully invest my time and effort into the betterment of the entire University of Missouri System,” Graves said. “Four generations of my family, including my great grandfather, my father and one of my four children, in addition to my wife, have graduated from the University of Missouri, and my other three children are either attending classes or plan to attend classes at the university. I have great respect for each of the four campuses in the System, and I look forward to collaborating with the other diverse board members from across the state on initiatives that improve the educational experience for all University of Missouri students.”

At Graves Garrett, Graves represents clients nationwide before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. His areas of experience include white-collar criminal defense, political speech and election law, internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and complex commercial litigation.

Before forming Graves Garrett, Graves served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Prior to his role with the federal government, Todd was twice elected Platte County Prosecuting Attorney, in 1994 and 1998. At the time of his election in 1994, he was the youngest full-time prosecuting attorney in Missouri. He was appointed United States Attorney from his elected position.

Raised on a family farm near Tarkio, Missouri, Todd and his wife, Tracy, reside on a 270-acre farm north of Kansas City that has been in the family since 1867.