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John Covington

Chancellor, Michigan Education Achievement Authority

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

The EAA began operation with 15 underperforming schools in Detroit in the 2012-13 school year.

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

Dr. Covington earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, AA Certification and Ed.S. degrees from Alabama State University. He also holds a M.Ed. Certification from Troy University, an AA Certification and Ed.D. degree from Auburn University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Covington was named a Japan Fulbright Scholar in 2005, recipient of the 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.

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.