The president of Lucasfilm has been elected chair of the American Film Institute Board of Trustees. Deadline reports that Kathleen Kennedy succeeds Sir Howard Stringer, who held the post since 1999.
“Kennedy will lead the AFI Trustees to set the Institute’s priorities and guide its national education programs,” Deadline notes.
Robert A. Daly remains chair of the AFI Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2009.
Stringer is quoted saying: “More than 50 years ago, the AFI was created to advance and elevate the art of film, and it has been my privilege to uphold that mission for two decades. I pass the torch to Kathleen Kennedy with great confidence, for she is a visionary who has not only long served as an AFI Trustee, but will also lead the Institute into the future with her signature taste, talent and intellect.”