June 29, 2015
Dear BAC Community,
We are tremendously pleased to share with you the news that after a national search, Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, has been selected to lead the Boston Architectural College as our next president. Mr. LeRoy currently serves as the dean and a professor at the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit. Mr. LeRoy stood out from a field of talented individuals for his commitment to practice-based learning, his great success at leading an urban design college during challenging times, and his creativity and ability to attract investment. He is also a well-known architect who has practical knowledge about the profession and the market our students will enter.
We have the utmost confidence that he is the right person to lead the BAC and to build on the solid foundation that exists while preserving our noble mission of providing the community with exceptional learning programs that remain affordable and accessible to all who seek a career in design. He will formally begin his duties this September.
Mr. LeRoy has had a very accomplished career as an architect and an educator, previously serving as a professor at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design, where he founded the Kansas City Urban Design Studio. Mr. LeRoy was also a principal in the well-known architectural firm Gould Evans Associates and is a fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Beyond his resume is a story of achievement in exactly the areas on which we will focus in the next chapter for the BAC: expanding enrollment, attracting investment, and building endowment. In Detroit, Mr. LeRoy was able to tap into the leadership of the automotive industry with new creative programming. Subsequently, when that industry had its own struggles, he found a way to expand other corporate relationships in Greater Detroit. We are eager to have him as our new president.
We want to thank Acting President Julia Halevy for her unwavering leadership during this past year. She has worked hard to preserve our mission during fiscally challenging times.
I also would like to thank the members of the Board of Trustees who served on the Presidential Search Committee, who exhaustively reviewed our candidates and chose a new leader whom we know will lead us in this new chapter in the storied history of the Boston Architectural College.
And, finally, all of us on the Presidential Search Committee want to acknowledge and thank everyone who participated and contributed in the process, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the BAC; your input was valuable and helped inform our decisions.
Marc W. Pelletier
Chair, Board of Trustees
Boston Architectural College