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05/12/2017 01:19 pm ET Updated May 12, 2017

Academy President Departs Oscar Leadership After Racially Fraught Tenure

An election will replace Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who diversified membership.
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Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president who oversaw the organization during two consecutive #OscarsSoWhite controversies and pushed for more diversity among its membership, is stepping down from the Board of Governors, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

HuffPost reached out to an Oscars publicist about the news but did not immediately receive a response. Boone Isaacs’ role as president was already coming to an end, as officers cannot serve more than four consecutive years. She was eligible to return as a regular member of the Board of Governors, but she is reportedly seeking time away from Academy leadership after a strenuous stint at its helm. 

Each Academy board member represents one of the various branches that vote for the Oscars; together they supervise the organization’s finances and set its goals and strategies. The president becomes the face of the Academy, and Boone Isaacs was a very public one. She was also the first black leader in the organization’s 90-year history. Following two years of only white acting nominees, Boone Isaacs amplified the percentage of women and people of color invited to join. She also oversaw the decision to keep PricewaterhouseCoopers as the Academy’s voting accounting firm despite this year’s infamous envelope snafu

Elections for the Academy’s new Board of Governors will occur in June. Notable names who’ve submitted themselves for the ballot reportedly include Whoopi Goldeberg, Geena Davis, Queen Latifah, Rita Wilson, Jacki Weaver, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos, Disney president Ed Catmull, producer Jason Blum, director Brett Ratner, documentarian Morgan Spurlock, screenwriter John Ridley and cinematographer Mandy Walker.

Those seeking a Board of Governors position can also become president. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of candidates

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