The Mankato Area School Board has selected Bukata Hayes to fill the open seat as a result of Darren Wacker’s resignation in December.

Hayes is a long-time Mankato resident and community leader, currently serving as the Vice President of Racial and Health Equity at Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota.  He previously served 15 years as the executive director for the Greater Mankato Diversity Council during which time he worked closely with the school district.

Hayes will take the oath of office and be seated at the February 22 School Board meeting.