The controversy over a fake college degree sneaking passed Yahoo’s hiring committee has claimed its first victim. Patti Hart, the Yahoo director responsible for hiring CEO Scott Thompson, is resigning from the Yahoo board following the news that Thompson’s academic record was improperly vetted. Hart, who is CEO of International Game Technology, was apparently pressured by her own board to extricate herself from the Yahoo scandal. She joined the Yahoo board in 2010 and has been head of its corporate governance and nominating committee. The Thompson scandal comes amid news that the Internet giant is struggling, having laid off 2,000 employees last month.