Michael Chasen, CEO and co-founder of Blackboard, surprised more than a few people this week by announcing his departure from the company, says Christopher Dawson for ZDNet Education. According to the Washington Post, Chasen said the decision to depart was reached amicably and that he was ready to pursue new opportunities after 15 years in a high-demand job. Will that next step be part of another start-up or another large firm? Either is an option, he said.

Chasen is only a couple years older than I am and has three kids. It's not unreasonable that he might want to...

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