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Reggie’s going back to school!

Former Nintendo honcho returns to alma mater to teach

Former Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime and Jimmy Fallon play the Wii U on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2012.
Reggie Fils-Aimé in an early instructional gig, teaching Jimmy Fallon about the Wii U in 2012.
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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

What’s Reggie Fils-Aimé doing now, six months after stepping down from Nintendo of America’s top job? He’s headed back to Ithaca, N.Y., where he’ll be teaching at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Funny thing about that, Reg, my uncle teaches in the same school, too.

Fils-Aimé announced the news via Twitter on Friday. A 1983 Cornell graduate, he is returning to campus as Dyson’s inaugural Leader in Residence, and will give his first lecture in October. The Leader in Residence serves the school’s Leadership Program for students, which seeks to foster critical thinking, behaviors and skills expected of top business leaders.

His first lecture “will share principles for you to master so you can cultivate your own leadership capability,” says the syllabus. “The principles are applicable to any situation, including now while you are a student or in your future endeavors.”

We’re betting there are more than a few Nintendo fans among Cornell’s classes of business student. Let’s not forget that, before Nintendo, Fils-Aimé had tours of duty with Pizza Hut (Bigfoot!), the folks who make Guinness beer, and VH1, products and services also widely in favor with undergraduates.

Fils-Aimé joined Nintendo in December 2003, and was the president and chief executive of Nintendo of America from 2006 until this year. He was the western face of the console maker for more than a decade, and a video gaming fan favorite for the wholesome, upbeat demeanor, self deprecation and positivity that marked his E3 showcases and Nintendo Direct appearances.