Jeff Rudman, the chairman of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees has resigned, effective July 3, 2015.

The announcement of his exit came in an email to his fellow trustees.

Rudman’s move comes eight days after library President Amy Ryan’s resignation.

The irony of the situation is that Ryan’s resignation was sparked by the library’s inability to located two prints of particular artistic distinction – by Dürer and Rembrandt. Those prints were recovered not quite 24 hours after Ryan resigned.

Rudman was unwavering in his support for Ryan.

Here is a copy of the email he send the board:

Dear Friends:
This morning, in a relatively brief and entirely cordial conversation, Mayor Walsh asked for my resignation from the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees.  He wants more of his own people on that board.  I immediately gave him that resignation, effective July 3, 2015.
I will be calling each of you individually just to chat and to reminisce, but may I just say how wonderful it has been to work with all of you on behalf of the Library we all love.
If the press calls, I leave it to you what, if anything, to say.
- Jeff