Peter Graves has been with the Texas State University System since 2005, and has served as vice chancellor for contract administration since 2008. In that role, he oversees the planning and construction of facilities for the system’s eight colleges and universities, focusing on the administration of the TSUS Board of Regents’ Capital Improvements Program and the procurement and administration of contracts for the programming, design and construction of new and renovated facilities. Prior to joining the System, Graves was chief of staff and legal counsel to Commissioner Charles Matthews at the Texas Railroad Commission.
Mr. Graves, a native of Fort Worth, received his bachelor of arts degree from Texas Christian University, and began his career as a high school history teacher. He graduated cum laude from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1980. After practicing law with two firms in Dallas over a seven-year period, he served as a visiting instructor at the University of Illinois in Champaign, while earning the master of laws degree from that institution. Subsequently, he was an associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, teaching courses in contract, commercial and business law for seven years. He then returned to Texas, practicing law in Austin until he joined Texas Railroad Commissioner Charles Matthews’ staff in 2003.
Mr. Graves and his wife, Alexine, have four children.