The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has chosen a new president, replacing Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who's tenure will most notably be remembered for her efforts in diversifying membership.
The newly elected president, John Bailey, is a cinematographer known for his work behind the camera on such films as The Big Chill, Groundhog Day, The Way Way Back, and Best Picture winner Ordinary People. Bailey has served 14 years as a governor in the Cinematographers Branch.
He joins the ranks of past presidents, including: Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Frank Capra, and Douglas Fairbanks.
The Academy's Board of Governors votes each year for the role of President, with the recipient serving a full year term, for no more than four consecutive terms.
It was highly believed Academy member Laura Dern was at the top of the list.
Other members elected to officer positions during the August 8th voting session include:
Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
Kathleen Kennedy, Vice Presideny (chair, Museum Committee)
Michael Tronick, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee)
The Academy has a lot of exciting events planned for the near future, including the 90th Academy Awards in early 2018 and the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening in 2019.