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Don M. Downing


District 2

Webster Groves, District 2

Term Expires January 1, 2015

Board of Curators Office
316 University Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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Don Downing of Webster Groves was appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators in March 2009 by Gov. Jay Nixon.

He currently serves as chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, the governing body of the University of Missouri System.

Downing received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1982. He was elected to the Missouri Law Review in 1980.

As an attorney, Downing is currently an officer and shareholder with the firm of Gray, Ritter and Graham, P.C., in St. Louis. He previously served as managing partner of the St. Louis office of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, and on the firm's managing committee.  Downing also served three years as Chief Deputy Attorney General for the state of Missouri.

Downing has served on the board of directors of the Legal Committee of the National Benevolent Association, (Disciples Benevolent Services). He also served on the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School Foundation Board of Trustees and the Law Library Campaign Committee, and is an active member of the University of Missouri Jefferson Club. He also is a former officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Young Lawyers Division.

A native of Kennett, Mo., Downing is husband to Tracy Toft Downing and father of four children.


Priority Statement

"My priority as a curator is to build upon the successes and traditions of the past and develop innovative solutions to current and future problems to enable the University to enhance its excellent reputation as one of the finest public universities in the country."

Reviewed 2014-01-02.