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Michael J. Young Michael J. Young

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
Director and Senior Vice President, South Beach

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 Advanced Technology

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

Jim Miller, the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the New York Film Academy (NYFA), began his career in higher education administration at the Institute of International Education (IIE), where from 1998 to 2014 he served in various leadership capacities. Miller was the Executive Director of the Scholar Rescue Fund© (IIE-SRF), a program of IIE, which since its founding in 2002, has saved the lives and careers of over 600 threatened and persecuted scholars from 51 countries by providing academic fellowships and other vital support. IIE-SRF delivered temporary safe-haven for the program’s scholars at more than 350 universities in 42 countries.

Simultaneously, Miller was the Director of the IIE-SRF Iraq Scholar Rescue Project, a public/private partnership of more than $22M. Activated in 2006 in response to the academic emergency that beset Iraq post-2003, the Iraq Scholar Rescue has assisted over 300 of Iraq’s senior scholars and scientists and has provided professional development benefits for scholars and administrators, including numerous higher education capacity building trainings and conferences held in Iraq.

While at IIE, Mr. Miller was a main architect of numerous innovative programs including: Camps to Campuses — an initiative that provides higher education for Syrian students in refugee camps in Jordan; the Artists Protection Fund (APF) — a program that supports at-risk artists; the Women’s International Network (WIN) — a collaboration with a major U.S. university that provides exiled women scholars with an extensive global academic network; and the Iraq Distance Education Program — a significant distance education project that successfully provided much-needed curriculum to Iraqi students and faculty.

Prior to IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, for a decade Miller was the Senior Executive of Studio Art Centers International (SACI), a US university-accredited visual arts school, art history, and archaeology in Florence, Italy. He was responsible for governance, fiscal management, and recruitment and admissions for the school.

Before entering the international education field, Miller was President & CEO of three global trading firms that designed, manufactured and imported high-end textiles. His companies had offices in the US, China, India, Japan and Hong Kong.

Jim Miller is Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Medhen Orphan Relief Effort (MORE) a program in Ethiopia dedicated to providing essential services to more than 1,700 children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other circumstances. Miller also serves on a number of non-profit boards including the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), an association established by various organizations (UNESCO, Save the Children, UNHCR, HRW, UNICEF, etc.) concerned about on-going attacks on educational institutions, their students, and staff in countries affected by conflict and insecurity. He was a founding trustee of the Palazzo dei Cartelloni Onlus, an Italian non-profit foundation dedicated to creating and installing art projects for the public good.

Jim Miller has been a keynote presenter at several international academic conferences around the world (e.g. Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Thailand, and the U.S.) and has organized numerous others. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has interviewed extensively with the media.

Miller is an alumnus of the University of Denver, Drake University, Pratt Institute, and has studied at the The New School/Parsons, Art Students League, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Studio Art Centers International, and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia.

Colonel Jack Jacobs Colonel Jack Jacobs
Chair of Veterans Advancement Program

Colonel Jack Jacobs, the Chair of the New York Film Academy's Veterans Advancement Program served in the U.S. military for more than 20 years and is considered a true American hero. Colonel Jacob's is among the most highly decorated soldiers from that era, having earned the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest combat honor, two Silver Stars, and three Bronze Stars. Colonel Jacobs served as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, executive officer of an infantry battalion in the 7th Infantry Division, and commanded the 4th Battalion 10th Infantry in Panama He served in Vietnam twice, both times as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions.

After leaving the military in 1987, Colonel Jacobs had a successful career in the financial industry; he currently is the on-air military strategist for NBC and MSNBC. Jacobs was nominated for Emmys in 2010 and 2011 and was the recipient of the distinguished Edward R. Murrow Award for his NBC segment "Iraq: The Long Way Out."

Colonel Jacobs holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Rutgers University and entered the U.S. Army in 1966 as a Second Lieutenant through the ROTC program. A member of the faculty of the US Military Academy (WestPoint) and the War College, Colonel Jacobs taught international relations and comparative politics for three years.

Colonel Jacobs serves on a number of charitable boards of directors and is the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. He holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the US Military Academy and is the author of a memoir, 'If Not Now, When?', which was released by Penguin in 2008, and in 2012 St. Martin's Press published his non-fiction book, 'Basic'.

Ralph Gibson, Photography School Chair of Contemporary Photography Ralph Gibson
Chair of the Department of Contemporary Photography

A major player in the development of modern fine art photography, Gibson studied photography while in the US Navy and later at the San Francisco Art Institute, going on to serve as an assistant to legendary photographer Dorothea Lange and work with famous photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank. Today, Gibson’s work has been included in over 150 museum collections and published in over 40 monographs. He recently was honored with the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts.

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