Office of the President

President Clif Smart

Penni M. Groves

Penni M. Groves






Carrington Hall 205


General Counsel

Postal mail

Missouri State University
General Counsel
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897 work
Legal Counsel


  • JD, 1989, Baylor University
  • Graduate work in British literature, Rotary Fellowship, 1985-1986, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • BA (with Honors) English Literature, Baylor University, 1985


EAD 738 Legal Issues in Higher Education

Professional experience

Legal experience

  • General counsel, Missouri State University, 2013-present
  • Interim general counsel, Missouri State University, 2011-2012
  • Legal counsel, Missouri State University, 2004-2011
  • Millington & Glass Law Firm, 2002-2003
  • Member, Daniel, Clampett, Powell & Cunningham, LLC, 1995-2001
  • Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri, 1991-1994
  • Withers, Brant, Igoe & Mullenix, 1989-1991

Teaching experience               

  • EAD 638/738 Legal Issues in Higher Education, Missouri State University, 2008-2010
  • PLS 551 Administrative Law, Missouri State University, 2007
  • Business law, real estate law and legal environment of business, Drury University, 2003-2004
  • Political Science 101, Ozarks Technical College, 2003-2004
  • Human resources law, Webster University, 2002

Research and professional interests

Professional certificates and memberships

  • Licensed to practice before U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; Missouri State Circuit, Appellate and Supreme Courts
  • Member of the Missouri Bar Association
  • Member of the Greater Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys

Community activities

  • Volunteer Attorney Project
  • Girl Scout Board
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board
  • University Child Care Center Board
  • Leadership Springfield

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