Monday, July 28, 2014
To the Members of the Boston Architectural Community
To the Members of the Boston Architectural Community,
After 17 years of dedicated service to the Boston Architectural College, Ted Landsmark is ending his tenure as president. Julia Halevy, our provost, will serve as acting president while we conduct a comprehensive search for a new president. These changes will take effect immediately.
On behalf of all the trustees, I want to extend my gratitude to Ted for nearly two decades of leadership as BAC’s president. After assuming the presidency in 1997, Ted led the transformation of BAC from a center into an accredited college that today offers eight baccalaureate and master’s degree programs. He worked aggressively to expand our educational offerings online, helping make us one of the premier architectural colleges for distance learning in the U.S. and globally.
Ted’s impact goes well beyond the BAC. In 2006, he received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects, which recognizes significant contributions in challenging the architectural profession to meet its responsibilities toward current social issues. Ted has long been a leading advocate for strengthening diversity in the architectural profession, and he significantly expanded diversity among the BAC’s faculty and student body.
The Board is talking with Ted about playing a future role at BAC, and we hope to have an announcement about this soon.
Like many higher education institutions, BAC is facing a number of challenges. We need to continue to attract the best students and strengthen our financial operations, while also working on strategies to ensure a strong future for BAC. We believe that new leadership will help us address these challenges, and we hope to name a new president during the coming academic year.
In the meantime, Julia has graciously agreed to serve as acting president, and I know you will join the Trustees in wishing her well. She has deep experience integrating theory and practice to produce strong educational outcomes. She also knows how to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit that is essential to non-traditional instruction, while meeting and exceeding the requirements of college accrediting bodies.
This year we celebrate the BAC’s 125th anniversary. For 125 years we have worked to build a better world through design. Our commitment and ability to deliver leading-edge design education will put us in good stead for the next 125 years.
Marc W. Pelletier
Chair, Board of Trustees