Mayor Martin J. Walsh is delaying his nomination of Theodore Landsmark to the Boston Redevelopment Authority board until the former college president has resolved his separation agreement with Boston Architectural College.
Landsmark, who had been president of Boston Architectural College for 17 years, was dismissed from his job by the school’s board of trustees last Thursday. His lawyers have since been in negotiations with the school over a separation package. But on Tuesday, as the mayor released a glowing press release about Landsmark’s experience, it was clear Walsh had not been informed of the circumstances of Landsmark’s departure from the college.
Late Wednesday night, Walsh’s spokeswoman, Kate Norton, issued a statement saying, “Mayor Walsh and Dr. Theodore Landsmark have agreed not to proceed at this time until matters between Dr. Landsmark and the Boston Architectural College have been resolved.”
She said Walsh has not rescinded Landsmark’s appointment but would reserve action “until a resolution and understanding have been reached” between the parties.
Landsmark maintains that he was not fired, and that he was negotiating with the college over his future role there. But the chairman of the board of trustees, Marc Pelletier, reiterated: “After 17 years, it was time to change the leadership. We did make the change, last Thursday.’’
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