AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Independent School District named Matias Segura as its new interim superintendent.

Segura was one of four finalists for the position, and after the board of trustees unanimously voted in favor of him Thursday night, he will take over the position starting Jan. 3.

The new interim superintendent will serve as the leader of AISD until a permanent superintendent can be named.

Shortly after AISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Anthony Mays announced he was leaving for Alief ISD, AISD trustees got to work searching for another person to fill his role.

“We have advertised this as a position just for the interim, we’re not going to consider that person as a permanent,” AISD school board president Arati Singh said. “Really, they must keep the ship running in a positive direction.”

AISD Board of Trustee member Kathryn Whitley Chu said the interim will not be a candidate for the superintendent position they hope to fill in July.

Segura is a product of AISD schools himself, he said. In a statement addressed to the Austin ISD community, he said it’s a “tremendous honor and privilege” to serve the district, while admitting his feelings of disbelief and it being “a little overwhelming.”

“I also understand how much care and support our teachers, staff and principals need during this period of transition, not only because of my leadership role in Operations but more importantly because I am an Austin ISD dad, and also because I am the son of an educator that gave her 42-year teaching career to Austin ISD. I am prepared to serve our students in the best way possible because Austin ISD is home.”

Matias Segura, Interim Superintendent of Schools

He went on to say in the statement he recognizes the challenges ahead while the district searches for a permanent superintendent, and that he’s excited to help fill the role.

“Austin ISD is well positioned as we move into 2023,” Segura continued. “The passage of the 2022 Bond makes it possible to create beautiful new environments in which our students and staff can thrive. Students are growing and learning and I am confident that they will continue to experience academic success.”

Furthermore, he said Friday that he was born and raised in Austin and was a product of AISD.

“My mom was a teacher here at AISD for 42 years,” Segura said. “I care. I am all in, and I’m going to do whatever I can to support this organization over this transition period.”

Segura concluded by assuring the AISD community he will provide regular updates on what he’s working on and where he can be found after the winter break.