Academy Foundation elects Rehme president

Bening becomes vp; several other officers also chosen

Robert Rehme has been elected president of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. A past Academy president, Rehme is a governor of the Academy's executive branch.

Actors branch governor Annette Bening was elected vp; film editors branch governor Donn Cambern was re-elected vp; Sid Ganis, a govenor of the public relations branch who just stepped down as president of the Academy, was re-elected treasurer; and executives branch governor and newly elected Academy president Tom Sherak was re-elected secretary. Academy executive director Bruce Davis continues as executive secretary of the Foundation.

The Academy Foundation supports the public film programs that the Academy presents each year as well as its Science and Technology Council programming and exhibitions. It also conducts the annual Student Academy Awards and Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competitions. And it operates the Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive.

Foundation trustees are elected annually by the Academy's board of governors. Foundation trustees for 2009–2010 are: Bening, James L. Brooks, Cambern, Caleb Deschanel, Ganis, Jim Gianopulos, Mark Goldblatt, Arthur Hamilton, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Kevin O'Connell, Frank Pierson, Rehme, Sherak, Bill Taylor and Henry Winkler.