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Administration

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
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
Executive Vice President for the China Region

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 was a fashion industry entrepreneur before beginning his career in higher education at the Institute of International Education (IIE), where he served in various leadership capacities. Miller was the executive director of the Scholar Rescue Fund© (IIE-SRF), which has saved the lives and careers of over 600 threatened and persecuted scholars from 51 countries. Miller directed the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project, a public/private partnership of more than $28M, and was the architect of numerous innovative higher education and refugee programs including Camps to Campuses, the Artists Protection Fund (APF), and the Women’s International Network (WIN).

For a decade, Miller was the senior executive of Studio Art Centers International (SACI), an art and archeology college in Florence, Italy. Jim serves on numerous boards and is the founder of the Medhen Orphan Relief Effort (MORE), and served as a founding member of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). Jim Miller has been a keynote presenter at numerous international academic conferences and has published articles — including in peer-reviewed journals.

Sandra Schein Sandra A. Schein
Dean of Students

BA University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara. Licensed Psychologist in the State of Georgia. Previously held positions include Director, Counseling and Career Services, Oxford College of Emory University, and Director (recipient of the Emory University Award of Distinction), Eating Disorders Program, Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta, GA. Academic interests include positive psychology, strengths-based education, and leadership development.

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. 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."

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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