Like I always do when I brainstorm what to blog about, I browsed the articles posted in the blog post assignment. The article about the top 10 CEO scandals really caught my eye this week. Many of them, such as the Enron scandal and the BP scandal, were no surprise to me, as I had been aware of the controversies. The scandal that took me by surprise the RadioShack scandal. In 2006, David Edmondson, resigned from being the CEO of RadioShack because he was caught lying in his resume. He claimed he graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist College in California with degrees in psychology and theology. It turned out that not only did Pacific Coast Baptist College not offer a degree in psychology, but it was proven that Edmondson only attended Pacific Coast Baptist College for two semesters.
I was extremely surprised to hear about this story. I find it absolutely unbelievable that he had the nerve to put such a lie on such an important document. I also find it unbelievable that the CEO of such a successful company was able to get away with this lie for so long. I find it incredible that no one in the RadioShack organization would take the time to research that the psychology degree even exists at Pacific Coast Baptist College, never mind that he only attended the school for two semesters.
Being a senior in college, with my career and my first job being on my mind every day, my resume is something I think about and work on often. Making yourself seem as impressive as possible to potential employers is something that everyone does, and to know that a successful CEO wrote such untrue things about himself is unbelievable. Something else to consider about this situation is to think about the corporate structure of RadioShack during the time when Edmondson was the CEO. I’m sure everyone working below Edmondson looks back and is ashamed they listened to such a dishonest person.