Monday afternoon the Shelby County Commission appointed Shante Avant to the Shelby County Schools board of education.
Commissioners nominated five people for the open school board District 6 seat, which was vacated by Reginald Porter, Jr.
Porter became chief of staff of the merged county school district.
Commissioners heard two-minute opening statements from the nominees and then asked them questions.
Avant received eight votes and was appointed to the open seat until the next election.
She is the Deputy Director of the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis.
Her first school board meeting is Tuesday.