Interim UM System President Mike Middleton released a statement earlier in the day, saying, “We have challenges to face and we will face them together.”
In 1989, Covington became the first female judge to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court.
“I have the utmost confidence in Mark, and I’m very happy that he has accepted this appointment,” interim Chancellor Hank Foley said in a press release.
Members of Concerned Student 1950 said they are working toward creating an “actual One Mizzou.”
Communications law professor Sandy Davidson: “On a university campus we should try to elevate the ethical standards. We should have respect.”
Universities in the Southeastern Conference have an average 73.3 percent white population.
“I think this is a litmus as well as an example for equality and to open a dialogue about race and justice and collaboration in our country,” graduate Jeff Beckham said.
Sparks has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis since 2008.
Effective immediately, R. Bowen Loftin is no longer the chancellor of MU.
Middleton was one of the first black students to graduate from MU’s law school.