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Richard Gladstein Steps Down as Dean of AFI Conservatory

Michael Chung and Tom Engfer will serve as co-interim deans until a permanent replacement is found

Richard Gladstein is stepping down as dean of the AFI Conservatory, the American Film Institute announced Monday.

Vice dean of administration Michael Chung and vice dean of academic affairs Tom Engfer will serve as co-interim deans and will report to AFI’s President and CEO Bob Gazzale. The Conservatory is searching for a new, permanent dean.

“It was my honor to serve as Dean of the AFI Conservatory,” said Gladstein. “As I move on to new opportunities, I will always cherish and champion the Fellows, the faculty and the alumni who make AFI a world-class educational experience.”

Gazzale added, “We appreciate Richard’s contributions to the Conservatory, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Gladstein was named the dean of the Conservatory in May of 2017, taking over for Jan Schuette, who departed the role the next month. Gladstein had been twice nominated for Best Picture Oscars for “The Cider House Rules” and “Finding Neverland.” He also produced Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” and also served as an executive producer on “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs.”

His other credits include “The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” and “She’s All That.”