Leslie Cohen Berlowitz has agreed to resign as president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on July 31, after she was accused of embellishing her résumé with a spurious doctoral degree, The Boston Globe reported.
In June, Ms. Berlowitz stepped aside while a law firm retained by the academy investigated allegations that she had falsely claimed to hold a doctorate from New York University on grant applications and other documents over the past decade. When those accusations surfaced, the 233-year-old scholarly society defended its president.
Ms. Berlowitz will receive a one-time payment of $475,000 for retirement and other benefits, according to an academy statement cited by the newspaper, but she will not receive a severance payment. Louis W. Cabot, chairman of the academy’s executive board, said in a letter to members that the board had “determined that this agreement is in the academy’s best interest,” the Globe reported.