I think I'll step in... (Ok, living in Baltimore County, and all this talk over a local company and my alma mater is a little creepy... ) Towson University is (was) actually a teacher's college, but it has expanded to other areas. It may not be a Harvard, or Yale, but it's one of the popular local universities. FWIW, the message that the Firaxis personnel/PR department gave is pretty much a generic "He did some work for us and now he left (and not enjoying the local Chipotle)." kind of message. It doesn't do any good to speculate one way or the other. I believe it's a law somewhere that a company can't say whether or not an employee was fired/resigned/retired. They can only verify that a person worked there at one time.