Gov. Mike Parson on Friday named a former adjunct professor at the University of Missouri School of Law to a seat on the UM Board of Curators.

Michael Williams, of Kansas City, will represent the Fifth District and, if confirmed by the Missouri Senate, will serve a six-year term ending in 2025. Williams is a founding attorney and managing partner of William Dirks Dameron, LLC, a Kansas City law firm.

In a release about the appointment, Parson’s office stated that Williams has been a mentor and board member for Higher M-Pact, a nonprofit group working with at-risk, inner-city youth, for more than a decade. Williams was a member of the University of Missouri System Review Commission in 2016.

Williams is a graduate of the University of Missouri, holding an undergraduate and a law degree. Williams replaces John Phillips, who was appointed to the board in 2013 by Gov. Jay Nixon.