Judson Independent School District trustees voted unanimously Tuesday evening to select Rafael Diaz to fill a vacant board seat.

Diaz will take the oath of office at the next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 10. He was one of six applicants who interviewed for the position Tuesday.

Board President Renée Paschall said the board selected Diaz over the five other candidates because he seemed knowledgeable, passionate about the district, and focused on student outcomes.

Diaz is a senior national account manager for Aztec Software. Previously, he worked for GED Testing Service, Kaplan College, and the City of San Antonio.

He serves on the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s board and obtained his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Diaz is married to Marisa Perez-Diaz, an Edgewood ISD administrator and State Board of Education representative for San Antonio.

Diaz will take the seat vacated by José Macias, who represented Judson’s District 4, located near the center of the school district. Macias resigned his position on Judson’s board to accept a seat on the Alamo Colleges board in late August.

Diaz will hold the seat until the next regular trustee election, which will be held in May 2021.

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.