ASD: Foster chosen for Anchorage School Board seat

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Mark Foster has been chosen from a list of nearly three dozen candidates to fill a vacant Anchorage School District board seat.

A meeting held Saturday morning was specifically for the purpose of selecting a new member. Candidates had already been certified by the municipal clerk and went through interviews and other selection processes all day Saturday.

According to Catherine Esary, who is in charge of external communications for the district, the board came to a 4-2 decision.

Foster served as Chief Financial Officer of the Anchorage School District from 2013-2016. According to a copy of Foster's curriculum vitae, he graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, following that up with a Master's from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Taking over Bettye Davis' seat on the board, Foster will be at the helm of Seat A. Davis - who was set to be in the position until 2019 - had previously served as an Alaska State Representative from 1990 through 1996, and became the first African American to be elected as an Alaska state senator in 2000, serving until 2012.

Foster will be sworn as the new board member Monday evening, Esary writes that there will also be a time to honor retired board member Bettye Davis.