Gov. Jay Nixon today named former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann Covington, of Columbia, to the University of Missouri Board of Curators, which oversees the operation of the four-campus University of Missouri System.
"Judge Covington has been a prominent leader for Missouri for the past 25 years, and I am pleased to name her to help guide the University of Missouri System," Gov. Nixon said. "Her depth of knowledge and experience and her dedication to serving the people of Missouri will be put to good use on the Board of Curators."
Judge Covington was the first female judge to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court, and was appointed by Gov. John Ashcroft in 1989. At the time of her appointment to the state's highest court, she was a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, and also had been appointed by Gov. Ashcroft. Judge Covington served on the Missouri Supreme Court for more than 12 years, including serving as Chief Justice of the Court, before retiring from the bench in 2001. After stepping down, she practiced law first as a partner, and later, of counsel, with the law firm of Bryan Cave, until she retired in 2010.
Judge Covington earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1977. After graduating from law school, she served as a Missouri assistant attorney general under Attorney General Ashcroft.
The Governor has named her for a term ending Jan. 1, 2019. Judge Covington's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.