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Pierson Re-Elected to Academy Presidency

Academy Award-winning writer Frank Pierson, has been re-elected to his fourth term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's board of governors. Four other incumbent officers were returned to their posts as well.

Pierson, a governor representing the writers branch of the Academy for the past six years, was first elected to the Academy presidency in 2001. According to Academy by-laws, the 2004-05 term will be the last consecutive term he can serve in the office.

Sid Ganis, a public relations branch governor, was re-elected first vp. Directors branch governor Gil Cates was re-elected vp, while music branch governor Arthur Hamilton being elected to the other vp post. Actors branch governor Kathy Bates was named treasurer again and sound branch governor Donald C. Rogers was re-elected secretary.

Ganis has previously served five terms as first vp and three as vp. Hamilton has served four terms as vp and two as treasurer. Rogers has done three terms as vp, one term as treasurer and a total of 10 terms as secretary. Bates has served three terms as vp and a term as secretary in addition to her year as treasurer. Cates serves for the second time as a vp of the Academy.

Academy officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.