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Jerry Sherlock Jerry Sherlock
Founder and Director Emeritus

Executive Producer, Hunt for Red October. Independent producer: Universal, EMI, Disney, Tristar, NBC, Paramount, United Artists. Produced Lolita on Broadway with Donald Sutherland.

Michael J. Young Michael J. Young
President

BA, Harvard University, magna cum laude; MFA, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Student Academy Award finalist. Award-winning film McJew screened at festivals internationally, including Oberhausen, Cinema Du Reel, Clermont-Ferrand, Tel-Aviv, Ann Arbor, et al. NEA grant. Scorsese post-production award. Founding faculty of NYFA.

David Klein David Klein
Senior Executive Vice President

MFA, NYU, Tisch School of Arts. BS, Tufts University, magna cum laude. Awarded Tisch Excellence in Producing Award. Winner of Warner Bros. Production Award for To Dye For. Wrote and directed numerous other projects including the award-winning short film Gone With the Moon.

Elli Ventouras Elli Ventouras
Academic Dean

MFA, Parsons School of Design. M.A., New York Institute of Technology - summa cum laude. Award winning film Voices screened internationally at Golden Gate Documentary Film Festival in San Francisco, Miami Short Film Festival, Barcelona Short Film Festival, and Festival Du Cinema de Bruxelles. Voices was also Semifinalist at Boston Motion Picture Awards and requested to be screened as part of the activities planned in Athens, Greece for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Dr. Joy Zhu Dr. Joy Zhu
Dean of Asian Students

PhD., in Business Administration, California American University. BA and MA in English Language and Literature, in Heilongjiang University, China. Professor of English Language in China’s Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT),visiting professor in Shanghai Normal University, Hangzhou University of Science and Technology, Harbin Normal University. Dr. Zhu is the President of US-China Economic & Cultural Development Association, which aims to advance the cooperation of U.S and Chinese education institutions.

Dr. Bob Arnot Dr. Bob Arnot
Dean of International Education

B.A. Dartmouth College; M.D. McGill University, Chief Medical Editor and Special Foreign Correspondent for NBC News, Board of Directors Save the Children, UN High Commission for Refugees

James S. Miller III James S. Miller III
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Prior to joining NYFA, Jim Miller was the Executive Director of the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF), a program of the Institute of International Education (IIE). Mr. Miller was the Senior Executive of Studio Art Centers International (SACI), a US university accredited school of art and design in Florence, Italy. Prior, he was the Founder and CEO of three different private global trading firms. Mr. Miller is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Medhen Orphan Relief Effort (MORE), a 501c3 dedicated to providing essential services to more than 1400 orphaned children in Ethiopia. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), and sits on two other nonprofit boards.

Jim Miller is an alumni of the University of Denver, Pratt Institute, and Drake University, and completed coursework at The New School, the Art Students League, Santa Reparata International School of Art, and the Scuola Internationale di Grafica di Venezia.

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