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Nixon appoints Columbia's Ann Covington to UM Board of Curators


Governor Jay Nixon has appointed former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann Covington to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. In a press release Thursday afternoon, Governor Nixon calls Covington - who lives in Columbia - a prominent leader in Missouri for the last 25 years.

According to the release, Covington got her law degree from MU in 1977, and then served as Assistant Attorney General in John Ashcroft’s office. After he became Governor, Ashcroft appointed her to the state supreme court in 1989. She served there until 2001, then practiced law until retiring in 2010. She’s also served on the Board of the Family and Community Trust, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Shelter Insurance Companies.

Her term on the UM Board of Curators would run through the end of 2018, and the appointment does have to be confirmed by the state Senate. Two weeks ago, Nixon also appointed Michael Ponder of Cape Girardeau and John Phillips of Kansas City to the board.

Ryan served as the KBIA News Director from February 2011 to September 2023
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