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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, greets American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President Leslie Berlowitz, left.

The head of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences is stepping down following allegations she had embellished her resume.

In a letter to its members sent out Thursday, the Academy said Leslie Berlowitz is resigning after 17 years at the helm of the Cambridge-based honorary society. She will receive a one-time payment of $475,000.

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