Nixon nominates lawyer for Missouri education board

Friday, March 20, 2009 | 11:11 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A 45-year-old lawyer from Cape Girardeau is Gov. Jay Nixon's pick to fill a vacancy on the State Board of Education.

Nixon announced the appointment of Michael J. Ponder on Thursday. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve an eight-year term on the eight-member board.

Ponder graduated from Central Methodist University and has a law degree from MU.


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