Posted on our forums by Azmodeus Valar
In years past, a position existed inside the University labelled the Director of Operations (DirOps). Over my time in the University, I’ve seen numerous people hold this post, including myself at one point. Each iteration is slightly different, but at its most basic form that person manages day to day operations for EVE University. In some cases they have been the sole person making decisions due to the CEO not being able to participate as much as required, to situations where it was more of a partnership between the two individuals.
I am going to be reinstating the position of Director of Operations, with the understanding that they will handle all issues that arise during normal functioning of the University. The Director of Operations and I will talk frequently, and they will work to ensure my vision of the University continues. They will be the first person someone should contact instead of myself, and I trust their judgement completely. I will continue to actively participate in decision making and discussions, but when a situation requires my input, they will be the one that kicks it up the chain to me. It is my hope that this will lessen the demands on my time during moments i’m devoting to my real life, while still being able to set long term policy for the Uni.
I will still be present, but to a more limited degree. I intend to use some of this time to relax while playing a game I love, instead of devoting it all to corporate leadership. I hope this will allow me to focus on my real life to a greater degree, until I find myself in a better place. I appreciate the kind words and support I have received from those of you that were aware of what was going on.
For the long term, this could result in a better division of labor between CEO and Director of Ops, making both jobs more manageable, me returning the duties of CEO as they currently stand at a later point, or transitioning to a new CEO. Which direction we go will depend on multiple factors over the coming months. Thank you for your understanding as we make these changes.
Effective today, the newest Director of Operations for EVE University will be Laura Karpinski.
Laura has been an active member of the personnel department for years, gradually rising from PO to SPO, Ast. Manager, Director of Personnel, and Director of Human Resources. Judging by the numbers, its possible that she has interviewed more individuals than almost anyone else in Uni history. But I did not pick her based on numbers, but instead on the remarkable qualities she brings to Uni leadership. She is extremely thoughtful and levelheaded, and has been a pleasure to work with. Additionally, she has shown herself capable of making hard decisions when the need arises.
As Director of Operations, Laura Karpinski, will be handling all issues that previous would have escalated to myself. Please join me in congratulating her on her new position.