Mr. Mandel '67 is an award-winning independent film and TV director in Los Angeles. He is currently dean of the American Film Institute Conservatory - and the first alumnus to be named dean. He earned a BA in Chemistry atBucknell University and has an MFA from Columbia. He graduated from AFI in 1979 and has film credits including FX, SCHOOL TIES, BIG SHOTS and THE SUBSTITUTE. He has also directed numerous television movies for HBO, Fox, ESPN, Lifetime and A&E, as well as episodic television such as THE X-FILES (pilot), LOST and PRISON BREAK. He won an Emmy Award for his first afterschool special, ANDREA'S STORY. Mandel began his career as a stage director, with productions at The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Roundabout and The Public Theatre--where Joseph Papp was his mentor. He has MFA degrees from both Columbia University and AFI. Mandel has taught at City College of New York and has been a Directing Mentor at the Sundance Institute. Mandel received the Alfred Hitchcock Award when he was at AFI and his thesis film, NIGHT AT O'REARS, received First Prize at Filmex in LA, First Prize at USA Film Festival in Dallas, and was shown as one of three short films selected by the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

At Bucknell, he was involved in Cap and Dagger Drama Club, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity and Theta Alpha Phi Drama Honor Society.