Devon L. Graves is an Assistant Professor of Community College Leadership and Faculty Scholar at the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Graves served as an Assistant Professor at California State University, Stanislaus. His research focuses on community colleges, financial aid, and race and racism.
In addition to his research, Dr. Graves has served on two of California’s higher education governing boards. From 2013-17 he served as a gubernatorial appointee on the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency that administers $2 billion in state financial aid programs. In this role Dr. Graves chaired the commissions’ Student Impact committee, which had direct oversight of the Cal Grant, Dream Act, and Middle Class Scholarship programs. In 2017, he was appointed the 44th Student Regent on the University of California Board of Regents. As a regent, Dr. Graves served as chair of the Regents’ Special committee on Basic Needs and vice chair of the Regents’ Public Engagement and Development committee.
Dr. Graves is a proud product of California’s public higher education system. He received his B.A. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA.