Yahoo may be looking into the accusations that its new CEO knowingly falsified his résumé to include a nonexistent degree in computer science. But the Internet community apparently has already made its decision about Scott Thompson and his Stonehill College degree.
After a Yahoo investor Dan Loeb made the accusations, tech bloggers and others have been quick to heap scorn on the 54-year-old former PayPal president, who joined Yahoo in January.
Former TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington has been leading the charge, firing off a blog post about “The Disgrace of Yahoo” and changing his LinkedIn account to read that he is both the chief executive of Yahoo and the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Blogging.
Thompson’s résumé has even earned itself a satiric Twitter account, “SThompsnsResume,” which bears the description “I’m mostly true” and includes posts such as “FACT: Scott Thompson played Steve Urkell on Family Matters.”
All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher found some audio of a 2009 interview with Tech Nation in which Thompson does not correct an interviewer who refers to his computer science degree. Thompson also calls himself an engineer in the interview.
Swisher seems cautiously willing to give Thompson the benefit of the doubt, writing: “It is true that Thompson did take some computer science classes at Stone Hill. And it is entirely possible that he thinks of himself as an engineer by work training and not by college degree.”
Yahoo did not respond to a request for comment on Thompson and his academic credentials.
The company’s shares were down 1.6 percent at midday Friday to $15.15 per share, after closing at $15.40 on Thursday.
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