Ex-Mo. high court judge named to university board

Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann Covington has been named to the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Covington’s appointment Thursday to a term that would end in January 2019. The appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate.

The Board of Curators governs the four-campus University of Missouri system.

Covington was appointed by Republican Gov. John Ashcroft to the Missouri Court of Appeals’ Western District in 1987 and the state Supreme Court in 1989, making her the first woman to serve on both courts.

She retired from the bench in 2001 and worked in private legal practice until 2010.

Covington holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and earned her law degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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