University of Missouri curator Ann K. Covington resigned from the board, citing personal reasons.
The board announced Thursday that Covington, a Columbia resident who was appointed in 2013 by Gov. Jay Nixon, was resigning effective immediately. Covington’s term was set to expire on Jan. 1, 2019.
“At the time of my appointment nearly three years ago, I did not anticipate that in the course of the last eleven months I would lose my husband Charles (McClain), have hip replacement surgery and experience my younger granddaughter’s undergoing major surgery,” Covington said in a statement. “Given these events in my personal life, I feel I cannot summon any longer the requisite energy for the faithful service that is demanded of a UM System curator.”
Covington, a lawyer and judge for more than 30 years, served on several board committees during her tenure.
Covington received her law degree from the University of Missouri in 1977 and made history in 1989 when she was appointed as the first female judge to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court.