MURRAY — Jennifer Covington, principal of Murray City School District's Hillcrest Junior High School, has been appointed superintendent of the suburban school district, the first woman to serve in that position.
Covington, who will begin her duties on July 1, succeeds Superintendent Steve Hirasi, who is retiring after six years at the helm of the school district and 38 years as an educator and administrator. The 6,500-student school district includes seven elementary schools, two junior highs, one high school and an early childhood education center.
Covington has been an educator for 23 years, all with Murray City School District. She has served as principal of Hillcrest Junior High since 2009. Prior to that appointment, she was vice principal of the school for five years.
Before moving into administration, Covington taught business and information technology classes at Murray High School beginning in 1994.
Covington earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and business education from Utah State University, and received master's degrees from USU and Southern Utah University in business information systems and administration, respectively.
She is also an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College and an instructor for BYU Independent Study.
Covington and her spouse, Ronald Covington, are the parents of two sons.
— Marjorie Cortez