As of yesterday, I am no longer the CTO at Art Center College of Design - my position was eliminated. Officially, the reason is to reduce costs.
Now I find myself in the same situation as many others - suddenly ejected from an organization where I gave the best of my talents, and I feel somewhat raw and very disappointed. I could write about my frustrations but I'd rather write about what I'll miss at Art Center:
the energy, enthusiasm, and talent of the students; the brilliance and commitment of the faculty; the magic that happens when ideas, skill, and technique all come together to make something great; the amazing team in Technology that, on its best days, could create something out of nothing and give 100% to do great things; the everyday determination of the Library to serve the students even when the speed of change and lack of resources made things really difficult; my friends and allies in the administration that understood what was important and never sacrificed integrity for expedience.
I've said many times that being CTO at Art Center was the best job and the worst job I've ever had. I know that for me, the good will last and the rest will fade. Nobody can take away from me all that I learned by walking the halls of Art Center with my eyes open and simply looking. My only hope for Art Center is that the faculty and students will have a future that's as good as the one they deserve.