The Durham Public Schools Board of Education chose Bettina Umstead as its newest member Wednesday.
Umstead, a middle school program director at Durham’s Student U, a college access program, was unanimously elected by the board at the special public meeting, after receiving a majority of votes in a straw poll of board members.
The member’s ballots were signed, and will be entered into public record.
Umstead will take the District 2 seat formerly held by Sendolo Diaminah, who resigned in August. Her appointment is for the remainder of his term, to expire in two years.
At the Sept. 27 special meeting to introduce board applicants to the public, Umstead said she was dedicated to helping the board identify and correct “implicit bias” in the school system.
Board Chair Mike Lee congratulated the board on the selection process, and the Durham community – including all 11 qualifying applicants – for their participation.
“We had an excellent group of people,” he said. “I cannot thank you all enough for stepping forward. The quality of our applicants just blew everyone away.”