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Gov. Nixon reappoints Ponder to UM System Board of Curators

Monday, June 3, 2013 | 9:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — J. Michael Ponder has been reappointed to the UM System Board of Curators by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Ponder was first appointed Jan. 4 and served immediately on the board following his appointment because the Senate was not in session. But Nixon withdrew the appointment Feb. 6 after state senators raised questions about Ponder's policy decisions on the State Board of Education, according to The Associated Press.

Although some senators had said they would reconsider confirming Ponder if he were reappointed, the Senate adjourned this year's session May 17, allowing him to immediately join the board again.

Ponder graduated from the MU School of Law in 1990 and earlier received his bachelor's degree from Central Methodist University. He is currently a partner of the law firm of Cook, Barkett, Ponder and Wolz in Cape Girardeau, where he resides.

Ponder's term would end on Jan. 1, 2019, pending Senate confirmation.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.


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