The board of governors for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have elected famed cinematographer John Bailey as Academy President.
The man who worked as Director of Photography on classic films such as Groundhog Day will take the role as President on a non-salaried one-year term, succeeding Cheryl Boone Isaacs who was required to step down after four consecutive years as Academy President.
Bailey will work alongside Academy CEO Dawn Hudson who oversees the day-to-day business and each of its 350 permanent staff members, and will be joined by a number of high profile names elected to one year terms. The full list:
Lois Burwell – First Vice-President/Chair of the Awards and Events Committee
Kathleen Kennedy – Vice-President/Chair of the Museum Committee
Michael Tronick – Vice-President/Chair of the Preservation and History Committee
Nancy Utley – Vice-President/Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee
Jim Gianopulos – Treasurer/Chair of the Finance Committee
David Rubin – Secretary/Chair of the Membership and Administration Committee
Bailey was reportedly challenged for the position by high-profile actress Laura Dern with documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy and newly appointed Chair of the Membership and Administration Committee David Rubin also making challenges.