Following reports of apparently embellishing her CV, the chief executive of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences revealed that she will be resigning from her position at the end of this month.
The Academy, which counts 50 Nobel laureates amongst its elite membership, did not state the reason for the departure of Leslie Berlowitz but made it clear in a letter to members that she was not receiving a severance payment in relation to her abrupt departure.
She will receive $475,000 to cover pension entitlement and untaken holidays from her time in office, the letter said.
Berlowitz has been in charge of the 233-year-old Academy, based in the Harvard University town of Cambridge, for 17 years. She has been on leave since the Boston Globe last month reported that she had falsely claimed a doctorate from New York University.
The Globe also reported frustration among staff who regarded Berlowitz as a tyrant who berated them and interfered with their work while drawing an inflated salary and extensive perks.
Berlowitz's case mirrors that of Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, who was forced to quit after only four months in office last year after it emerged he had claimed a degree he did not have.
In Germany, two government ministers have resigned in recent years after being exposed for plagiarizing part of their doctoral theses.