Cheryl Boone Isaacs Makes History

A veteran publicist is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The organization’s board of governors elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs to the position Tuesday evening.

She is the first woman to hold the post in three decades and the first African-American president in the academy’s history.

Isaacs was elected to a one-year term but is eligible to serve four successive terms. She succeeds Hawk Koch, who served for one year but was ineligible for re-election.

Isaacs previously served as first vice president of the film academy, which announced its new president via Twitter.

According to the Academy’s website, “Boones 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.’ Prior to joining 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.'”

Additionally, 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.