Some of you might ask what I think about the news that CCP DrEyjoG is leaving CCP to become the new Chancellor of the University of Akureyri where he was previously the Dean of the School of Business.(1) My opinion might sound a little mean. That's not my intent but if it does, I apologize for that in advance. Ready?
I hate to bring up Apple references twice in the same week, but Steve Jobs legendarily asked John Sculley the most famous job interview question in history: "Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?" Sculley's choice was controversial but there's no question he chose to change the world. And that's exactly what he proceeded to do, whether you agree with how he did it or not.
After seven years of changing the world, Dr. Eyjo is choosing to sell sugared water for five years.
I congratulate him on a prestigious position! Presumably it pays well and it certainly looks excellent on a business card. I wish him nothing but the best. I also hope he continues to consult with CCP from time to time. But there are academics in the world by the hundreds of thousands and university Chancellors by the thousands. But only one person on planet Earth -- so far -- manages a virtual economy that drives an eight figure business. There's no question in my mind that in this way, CCP is showing us a small part of the future. Dr. Eyjo was the first. But now someone else will be doing it.
(1) Official title, "Rector", which is translated in various geographies as President or Chancellor. It essentially means he becomes the new head of the University.