If you were going to fake your resume? David Edmondson, the CEO of Radio Shack was forced to resign this afternoon because it was discovered he “enhanced” his resumé by claiming he’d earned degrees in theology and psychology from Pacific Coast Baptist College in California. According to AP, the school, which in 1998, relocated to Oklahoma and renamed itself Heartland Baptist Bible College, said Edmondson only completed two semesters. The school also never offered psychology degrees.
What the heck was this guy thinking?
A year ago, then-CEO and now-“Executive Chairman” of Radio Shack, Len Roberts, “handpicked” Edmondson “after more than a decade of working side by side.” According to a Radio Shack press release dated January 13, 2005:
“I knew from the first time I met Dave that he could someday become CEO of RadioShack,” said Roberts. “For the past 10 years, we’ve worked together to bring increased value to RadioShack shareholders. We’ve developed an exciting growth strategy, and with Dave leading the day-to-day operations, we’re poised to take the company to the next level. It’s been gratifying for me to mentor Dave and watch him grow into an exceptional leader and manager. His passion for execution, coupled with his vision and strategic prowess, is just what we need to deliver on our Solutions Strategy.”
By the way, the link to Robert’s “executive bio” page on the Radio Shack website says the following (on 2.21.2006):
“Thank you for visiting our corporate Web site. We are currently updating and validating all of the biographical information for each of our senior executives. Please check back soon to receive this information…”
(Disclosure: I’ll admit that one reason I find all of this fascinating is that “I have a history” with the person who “handpicked” Edmondson for his post. For a brief period about 20 years ago, he was CEO of a Nashville-based company that a public relations firm I headed at the time had as a client. I say “brief,” because shortly after he was hired as CEO of that company, he “unhandpicked” me from representing it. Also for the record, I actually have a theology degree but can’t recall ever putting it on a resumé.)
Update: (AP) “He said Wednesday he believes that he received a theology diploma called a ThG, but not the four-year bachelor of science degree listed on his resume. He added that he cannot document the ThG diploma.”