The Academy also has been actively recruiting new members in a wide ranging global outreach designed to bring in “new candidates (for membership) who are part of our diverse contemporary film culture and who represent the global reach of the Academy” according to an email that went out to members of the PR branch last month, urging them  to suggest names by a deadline of today, April 7. The deadline for new member applications was actually a couple of weeks ago but it was extended to allow more time for the search. The new member class will be announced this year in late June. That letter concluded that “an active, engaged and participatory membership, with a spirit of inclusion, will further advance our organization” and was signed by the three current Public Relations branch members — Utley, Marvin Levy and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the latter maintaining her position as a PR Governor while still in the midst of her third term as President of the organization. She will be up for re-election for a fourth and final term as President this summer.