Casting director David Rubin has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
With The English Patient, Get Shorty, and Men in Black on his resume, Rubin has powered through the ranks of Hollywood veteran status. His new role as the Academy president marks the first time a casting director has assumed the role. Rubin will also become the first openly gay president in the Academy's history.
He will replace outgoing Academy president, cinematographer John Bailey.
Rubin has spent the past six years as the governor of the Casting Directors Branch of the Academy.
Also announced, Mark Johnson and Bonnie Arnold were elected to the board of governors. Johnson was the chair of the Finance Committee. Arnold was the chair of the Membership and Governance Committee.
Lois Burwell, Sid Ganis, Larry Karaszewski, and Nancy Utley were re-elected.