Brent Brasher will fill the unexpired term of school board member Keith Watson.
The board voted unanimously to appoint Brasher, 51, to the District Five seat that Watson vacated last month.
Watson was elected to a second, five-year term in 2009. He served 10 full years on the board. Watson chose not to serve an extended term that was suggested by a piece of legislature passed in 2012.
“I’m humbled and honored,” said Brasher. “Keith did an excellent job, and I have some big shoes to fill.”
Brasher grew up just south of Charleston in the small town of Leverett. He attended Charleston High School and later Mississippi State University where he majored in agricultural economics.
Brasher received both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in agricultural economics. He and his wife, Gabriela, make their living as farmers and live in Holcomb. Two of their children graduated from Grenada High School and one is in the eighth grade.
The board relied upon Watson to take the lead on issues like 16th Section land, which is land given by the state to the school district to be utilized for economic gain, as well as in most matters concerning agriculture and land use.
The lease of 16th Section land often involves the sale of timber.
Brasher said he can fill that role.