Isaacs will succeed Hawk Koch, whose initial run as president was limited to one year because he had reached the limit of nine consecutive years on the Academy Board of Governors.
It was that 48-person body that chose Isaacs, the first vice president of the Academy board. Isaacs, who has held every other Academy board officer position and also produced last year’s Governor’s Awards, also becomes the first female Academy president since Fay Kanin in 1979-83 and third overall, counting the two-month tenure of Bette Davis in 1941.
Rob Friedman, the co-chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group and most recently treasurer of the board was perceived as the other top candidate for the post. Voting totals are not released by the Academy.