Cheryl Boone Is First African-American President of the Academy
On Tuesday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the new president of the organization on Twitter. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who served as the Academy's first vice president during the past year, has been elected as the successor of Hawk Koch, who served a one-year term as president.
Boone Isaacs is, therefore, the first African-American to take charge of the 86-year-old organization. The current head of CBI Enterprises, Inc. is also the third woman ever heading the Academy after actress Bette Davis, who served only for two months in 1941, and screenwriter Fay Kanin, who held the post from 1979-1983.
Additionally, the board of governors has elected John Lasseter as the first vice president. The chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios previously served one-year terms as treasurer and secretary.
From the announcement, it is also revealed that Jeffrey Kurland and Leonard Engelman officially take vice president posts. Elected as treasurer is Dick Cook, while Phil Robinson is trusted to be secretary. These will be the first office stints for Engelman, Kurland and Cook.
Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.
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