Trustees on Alamo Colleges’ board chose Judson Independent School District trustee Jose Macias to fill a vacant seat left open by Denver McClendon, who resigned from the board effective Aug. 1.

Macias plans to submit his resignation letter to Judson ISD Wednesday, creating the potential for a special election or appointment on the school board.

A San Antonio College graduate, Macias was sworn into his new position Tuesday night and will be up for election at the next regular election date, in May 2020.

“[San Antonio College] and the Alamo Colleges system transformed my life,” Macias said following the board vote. “To be back here and have the opportunity to make an impact … just means the world.”

The Alamo Colleges board considered five applicants Macias, Gloria Pryor Ray, Gilbert Flores, Byron Miller, and James Myart – for the position to represent District 2, an area that abuts the East Side of downtown and extends south and east past Loop 1604. Myart did not show up Tuesday night for an in person interview.

Trustees first nominated Ray for the seat, but she did not gain the necessary five votes. Macias won the seat with five votes.

Board Chair Marcelo Casillas said the board liked Macias’ track record of public service on the Judson board and was impressed by his interview. Macias has served on the Judson board since 2010.

The new Alamo Colleges trustee works as the development manager at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He previously worked for charter school network Southwest Preparatory Schools as the development director.

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.