Mr. McGeathy doesn't note where his path will next take him, but he will definitely be missed. Players are already pouring out their affection for his work on the game in a thread on the official forums. He's leaving the game in the hands of Ryan "Rytan" Barker, another designer on the team. Though his future job plans are still up in the air, Mr. McGeathy is apparently going to be taking a cross-country trip to celebrate his newfound freedom. Good luck, sir.
Massively had a chance to talk with EQ's outgoing lead designer just a short while ago, during EQ's 9th anniversary. Make sure to check it out for a look back at his time with one of the grand old mavens of the genre.