David Steelman, of Rolla, was elected to a one-year term as chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators during the board’s December meeting in St. Louis.

Also at the meeting, Darryl Chatman of St. Louis was elected vice chair. The leadership terms for Steelman and Chatman are effective Jan. 1.

Steelman was appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators in 2014. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated first in his class from the MU School of Law.

He is managing and senior partner at Steelman, Gaunt and Horsefield in Rolla and has operated a law practice since 1978. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1979 and served three terms. From 1981 to 1985, he was elected by colleagues to serve as minority floor leader.

He currently serves as chair of the finance committee on the board of curators.

Chatman is the general counsel for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Previously, he was an attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, in St. Louis and served as the leader of the firm’s agriculture and biotech practice group, working on legal disputes involving animal health, life sciences and agricultural issues as well as regulatory compliance, commercial litigation and employment litigation.

From January 2015 until January 2016, Chatman served as a deputy director for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

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