The board of directors of the Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA) today (July 1) announced that Dan Glickman will replace Jack Valenti as president/CEO.

The board of directors of the Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA) today (July 1) announced that Dan Glickman will replace Jack Valenti as president/CEO.

Valenti officially resigned today after a 38-year tenure at the MPAA. He will continue to head the organization until Glickman takes over Sept. 1.

Glickman’s background includes an 18-year stint as a Congressman from the fourth district of Kansas. He also served as Secretary of Agriculture for six years beginning in 1995. Most recently, he was director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and a teacher at the Kennedy School of Government.

Valenti will continue to supervise the film rating system with the president of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, John Fithian.