Cheryl Boone Isaacs Elected The Academy’s First African American President

Zennie Abraham / Zennie62
Zennie Abraham / Zennie62

CBI Yep: Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ first African American president.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (July 30) at a meeting of the AMPAS’ Board of Governors.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ has paid her dues, serving in her 21st year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch, and served as Academy first vice president during the past year. Ms. Boone Isaacs also produced the 2012 Governors Awards. She takes the place of Hawk Koch, who served a one-year term as president in 2012.

In addition, Pixar’s John Lasseter was elected first vice president; Jeffrey Kurland and Leonard Engelman were elected to vice president posts; Dick Cook was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary.

AMPAS reports these will be the first officer stints for Engelman, Kurland and Cook. Lasseter previously served one-year terms as treasurer (2011-2012) and secretary (2009-2010). Robinson served as vice president during the past year, his fourth consecutive term in that office (2009-2013).

Boone Isaacs currently heads CBI Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”Boone Isaacs previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, where she oversaw numerous box office successes, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Rush Hour.”

Before she joined New Line in 1997, Boone Isaacs was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.”

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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