The dean of a Michigan architectural school has been tapped to head the financially struggling Boston Architectural College, after a year-long search that started with the dismissal of longtime BAC president Theodore Landsmark.

Glen S. LeRoy, 64, who oversees Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design in Southfield, Mich., will become president of Boston Architectural College Sept. 1. School officials were expected to announce the selection Monday.

The BAC board’s instructions to LeRoy, a specialist in city planning and urban design, are clear: Increase the financially struggling Boston college’s enrollment and boost fund-raising.

“I know these will be my two priorities,” LeRoy said of the enrollment and endowment challenges he’ll be facing at the BAC. “Architecture colleges across the country need to look at where they’re going.”

During the recent recession, the Boston Architectural College’s enrollment plunged by 30 percent to about 750 students and has never recovered. Its endowment of $10 million is tiny compared with those of other colleges and universities in the area.1


Marc Pelletier, Boston Architectural College board of trustees president, published this written statement on the school's website today:

Dear BAC Community, ...2

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