J. Wm. Covington, Ed. D., Chancellor, Michigan Education Achievement Authority Bio

John Wm. Covington, Ed. D. is Chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement Authority (EAA), a new statewide school system designed to dramatically redesign public education in Michigan's lowest performing schools.

The system will operate the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in Michigan not achieving satisfactory results on a redesign plan or that are under an emergency manager. It will first apply to underperforming schools in Detroit in the 2012-13 school year and then be expanded to cover the entire state.

Dr. Covington is known nationally as an education innovator and creative problem solver with a track record of success in urban schools.

Before being named Chancellor, Dr. Covington served as the superintendent of the Kansas City, Missouri schools for two years. Prior to that he was superintendent of the Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo, Colorado for three years. Before joining the Pueblo school district, he was superintendent of schools for Lowndes County Public Schools, Lowndes County, Alabama, serving for six years. In addition, he served in Alabama's Montgomery Public Schools System as an assistant superintendent and executive assistant to the superintendent. Prior to his tenure in Montgomery, Dr. Covington served in numerous professional capacities in Macon County, Troy City and Eufaula City Public Schools in Alabama.

Dr. Covington earned B.S., M.S., AA Certification and Ed.S. degrees from Alabama State University. He also holds a M.Ed. Certification from Troy University and an AA Certification and Ed.D. degree from Auburn University.

Dr. Covington was named a Japan Fulbright Scholar in 2005, recipient of the NAFEO (National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education) award in 2007, and was selected to participate in the Broad Foundation Class of Fellows, one of only 12 leaders nationwide in 2008. In 1994, Dr. Covington was selected as a distinguished alumnus of his alma mater, Alabama State University.

In May 2010, Covington received the Public Administrator of the Year local award from the Greater Kansas City chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. The award recognizes outstanding performance in the practice or teaching of public administration.

In November 2010, Governing Magazine recognized Covington as one of seven Public Officials of the Year. Each year, the organization selects public servants from across the country for their "extraordinary contributions to good governance."

Dr. Covington's focus is on improved student achievement, uncompromising accountability and equitable education funding. He has made many presentations throughout the country relative to improving public education.

Dr. Covington is married to the former Wilanie Rivers. They have three children; Melvin, David, and Simone, and two granddaughters; Hunter and Hayden.