Sandra Levy has extended her term as CEO of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), but, at her request, only for one year.

Levy, who has held the post for seven years, agreed to renew her tenure for a further year to implement the BA program. From July 2015, she has indicated she will be exploring other options.

Announcing her re-appointment, Arts Minister Senator George Brandis said, “Sandra Levy is an experienced and respected screen industry professional and I am delighted she has agreed to continue in her role at AFTRS for a further year.

“Australians should have access to an arts-rich education and AFTRS provides valuable training for Australia’s screen and radio practitioners of tomorrow. The Hollywood Reporter recently cited AFTRS as one of the top 25 film schools in the world and Australians deserve to be justly proud of the standard of training which this outstanding institution provides."

Brandis credited Levy with introducing new strategies and partnerships to better reflect the needs of the screen and broadcasting industries, including the creation of the AFTRS Open program and the television unit.

Formerly a film and TV producer for more than 25 years, she awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in the general division of the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for distinguished service to the arts as a film and television director and producer, and through strategic leadership and educational roles.