Padding the Resume Can be Deceiving Also
Scott Thompson was hired in January to be head of internet search engine company Yahoo. Mr. Thompson has an undergraduate degree in Accounting, which is certainly sufficient for gaining a top position with an information technology company. Of course, a degree in computer science would be even better. So apparently Mr. Thompson got one of those two.
|Mr. Thompson - Why is He Smiling|
He Just Got a Computer Science Degree!
No Work Involved!!
Mr. Thompson, who was hired in January, signed a regulatory filing published last week that stated to the best of his knowledge its contents were accurate. The document said Mr. Thompson had a Bachelor's degree in accounting and computer science from
. Stonehill College
a small Catholic institution 30 miles south of , said that the school's
computer-science program didn't begin until the early 1980s. A statement
confirmed that Mr. Thompson, a Boston
native, received a "Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration (Accounting)" on May 20, 1979. Boston
Of course in Mr. Thompson’s defense the error was not really intentional.
The dissident investor, hedge fund Third Point LLC, first brought to light on Thursday that Mr. Thompson didn't earn a college degree in computer science as stated on Yahoo's website and recent regulatory filing. Yahoo acknowledged soon after that Mr. Thompson has only an accounting degree, citing an "inadvertent error," without providing further explanation.
No, it wasn’t inadvertent. Inadvertent is something like picking up a jelly donut when you really wanted the crème filled one, or accidentally leaving the cat outside at night because there was vomit on the floor in the kitchen and that made you think the cat was already in the house. Adding a computer science degree to one’s credentials for a person to be head of a major info tech company is pretty deliberate.
Only if the phony degree had been in something French Poetry could the inadvertent explanation stand. And no, we are not putting down French Poetry majors, it’s a wonderful degree and does a lot for a person, but it probably does not qualify the recipient to be head of Yahoo.