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MPAA Announces Valenti Successor

1 Jul, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner

The Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) today announced that Dan Glickman, former congressman from Kansas and Secretary of Agriculture, will succeed Jack Valenti as president and CEO of the MPAA.

Valenti formally resigned today after 38 years on the job. He departs Sept. 1.

“I am honored and inspired by the prospect of joining the MPAA,” said Glickman. “I have long had a deep affection for the movie industry. My son, Jonathan, has his own successful career in Hollywood, which has allowed me to learn a good deal about this fascinating world. What enthuses me is the work of sustaining and enlarging MPAA's role in international cinema. As America's most wanted export, the American movie is also a great source of economic growth. I am eager to begin working closely with my new colleagues at MPAA, here and abroad, with the Congress, the federal government, state legislatures, with officials of nations on all the continents, as well as the global creative community.”

Glickman served 18 years as a member of Congress from the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas. He was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he also sat on the Copyright and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. He also did a stint as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

After leaving public office, Glickman became director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, where he directs a program designed to encourage students to engage in the American political process, in a non-partisan manner. He also serves as a teacher at the Kennedy School of Government.

Glickman was born in Wichita, Kan. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. with Honors from the George Washington University Law School. He and his wife Rhoda, former staff director of the Congressional Arts Caucus, have two children.

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