Ann K. Covington
Ann K. Covington was appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators in 2013 by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Covington earned a bachelor’s from Duke University in 1963 and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1977. She served as a lawyer and judge for more than 30 years prior to retiring in 2010. Covington was the first female judge to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court, and while serving as Chief Justice instituted a number of significant judicial administration programs. Prior to her appointment in 1989, she sat on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, practiced law in Columbia, and served as an assistant attorney general under Attorney General John Ashcroft. After stepping down from the bench in 2001, she practiced law as a partner and of counsel with the law firm of Bryan Cave until she retired.
Active in the community, Covington serves on the state-wide board of the Family and Community Trust and on the Missouri United Methodist Church Foundation. She has chaired the Columbia Industrial Revenue Bond Authority and served as a member of the board of The Shelter Insurance Companies, where she also served as vice-chair of the board. In addition to her many civic activities, she continues to be engaged in efforts to further recognize the importance of an entirely independent judiciary.