An 11-year resident of Lansdale Borough is now a new North Penn School Board director, with a term expiring December 2015.

Republican Walter "Cory" Brown III received five majority votes from the board Thursday to win the appointment, according to The Reporter. He replaces Stephen Hladik, who resigned June 27 after almost 11 years as a school board director. Per reports, Brown was one of 10 interested candidates for the position.

Brown was nominated by new board member Joseph Sullivan, per the report. Board member Suzan Leonard nominated Democrat Tina Stoll for the position as well. 

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When former school board member Rick Miniscalco resigned earlier this year, Brown had put his name in at that time. However, Sullivan won the appointment to that vacancy in a 6-2 vote.

Brown is married with two children. He works as a senior business analyst and program manager at Merck's Live Viral and Vaccine Division. Brown has a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

Brown, along with Pete Schmitt, ran unsuccessfully in the November 2013 election for two contested Lansdale Borough Council seats in Ward Three; they were defeated by Democrats Leon Angelichio and Liz Troy.