AMERICAN FORK — The six members of the Alpine School District Board of Education unanimously appointed Terry Peterson as a member of the board Tuesday.

Peterson replaces Andrea Forsyth, who resigned Nov. 13 to focus on treatment for cancer.

Peterson, who lives at 1125 S. Lynnwood Drive in Orem, works as a wealth adviser at Morgan Stanley.

He told school board members last week at an interview that he enjoys Alpine teachers and is a strong proponent of public education.

Peterson was one of seven people who applied for the job. Applicants submitted letters of intent and resumes three weeks before the interviews.

Candidates also had to read the board's Code of Conduct, which includes requirements for keeping confidences, pursuing accountability and being at meetings on time and prepared.

During the interviews, the applicants described their strengths and concerns that drove them to apply for the school board job.

"We all took notes and jotted down the feelings, the things that were said," said board president Debbie Taylor, who added that the school board members were enlightened by the concerns of the seven applicants.

"We feel like every one of the candidates were winners," said Taylor.

The audience broke into applause as Taylor described Forsyth's 11 years of service on the school board.

"We will miss her," Taylor said.

Also during its regular meeting on Tuesday, the school board chose 15-year board member Guy Fugal as vice president of the board.

Forsyth was the former vice president.