Leslie Cohen Berlowitz

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Leslie Cohen Berlowitz is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Berlowitz became the Academy's executive officer in 1996 and was later promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President. From 1969 to 1996, Berlowitz was an administrator at New York University.[1] In 2013 the Boston Globe pointed to a falsification of her degree on Academy grant applications and that her Academy salary appeared higher than standards at comparable institutions. The Globe also brought her draconian management style into question.[2]

The Common Reader recently published a version of a chapter of Berlowitz's forthcoming book Bernard Malamud: The Limits of Desire. Berlowitz has also co-edited three books: Restoring Trust in American Business (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005) with Jay W. Lorsch and Andy Zelleke, America in Theory (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988) with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand, and Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1990) with Richard Eric Beard.

American Academy leadership[edit]

As chief executive, Berlowitz won praise for increasing Academy revenues, expanding the scope of programs, and raising the Academy's national profile, though questions about her management style and allegedly poor treatment of employees followed her for years. Berlowitz led the Academy’s Strategic Plan "2001 and Beyond" and the development of the Initiative for the Humanities and its Humanities Indicators.[3][4] She created a network of more than 50 University Affiliates[5] to work with the Academy on issues vital to the higher education community and also established two residential fellowship programs for young scholars: the Visiting Scholars Program[6] and the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy.[7]


In June 2013, Berlowitz was accused by the Boston Globe of embellishing her résumé in the course of writing grant proposals for the American Academy, as well as drawing excessive compensation and manipulating the Academy's election process. Following calls by the Washington Post and the Boston Globe for her resignation, Berlowitz resigned her position in July 2013.[8] In the wake of press attacks on Berlowitz, however, former Ambassador to Afghanistan and U.S. Army Lt. General Karl Eikenberry and former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen wrote to the Boston Globe in her support.[9]


Berlowitz graduated from the Fieldston School, and received a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's degree from Columbia University. She was named an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Northeastern University in May 2011.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Guide to the Records of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Leslie Berlowitz 1970-1980 RG 9.5". Dlib.nyu.edu. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ "Boston Globe 06/03/2013". Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  3. ^ "Early Findings From Humanities-Indicators Project Are Unveiled at Montreal Meeting" (PDF). Amacad.org. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  4. ^ "A scientific approach ... to the humanities". CSMonitor.com. 2002-08-20. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  5. ^ "American Academy of Arts & Sciences". Amacad.org. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  6. ^ "American Academy of Arts & Sciences". Amacad.org. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  7. ^ "American Academy of Arts & Sciences". Amacad.org. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  8. ^ "Leslie Berlowitz, embattled chief of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, gives up reins during inquiry - Metro". The Boston Globe. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2015-02-25. See further, "Boston Globe 06/03/2013". Retrieved 2013-10-02.; "Boston Globe 06/04/2013". Retrieved 2015-02-25.; "Boston Globe 06/03/2013". Retrieved 2015-02-25.; "New York Times 06/12/2013". 2013-06-11.; Board, Editorial. "Washington Post 06/13/2013". Retrieved 2013-10-02.; "Boston Globe 06/19/2013". Retrieved 2013-10-02.; "Boston Globe 07/25/2013". Retrieved 2013-10-02.; and "Boston Globe 06/17/2013". Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  9. ^ "Academy loses a tireless advocate of arts, sciences". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  10. ^ "Leslie Cohen Berlowitz". Northeastern.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  11. ^ "About". Leslie Berlowitz. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

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