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Editorial: Students should be 1st priority at Ohio State

April 22, 2014
LANTERN STAFF   It’s easy for Ohio State to have an off year at one point or another in its 144-year history. The phrase that has been used by polite company is “a year of transition.” Everyone knows the backstory by now: then-President E. Gordon Gee stepped down in June, and in July, Joseph Alutto assumed the interim presidency. The several months that followed involved a search for OSU’s next leader, who was announced in January to be Dr. Michael Drake. That is the big picture of what has been going on at the university, and what will likely be the only thing many people can recall about the 2013-14… Read more

E. Gordon Gee to maintain relationship with Ohio State as employment ends

April 21, 2014
When E. Gordon Gee accepted the West Virginia University presidency, he gave up his rights to an Ohio State office, secretary and $710,000 annually in salary and grant money as his employment with OSU ends July 1. But Gee didn’t give up everything. Former OSU President Gee will be provided lifetime executive health insurance benefits at OSU’s expense after he is no longer employed anywhere else, will be permitted to receive a payout of “any accrued, but unused vacation leave,” will continue to have a split dollar insurance policy and will retain his president emeritus title, according to a letter senior vice president, senior adviser to the president and general… Read more

Gordon Gee’s employment with Ohio State set to end, save university $4M

April 18, 2014
Gordon Gee’s decision to accept the West Virginia University presidency could save Ohio State an estimated $4 million over five years when his employment with the university ends July 1. But his relationship with OSU won’t be over. Former OSU President Gee will be provided lifetime executive health insurance benefits at OSU’s expense after he is no longer employed anywhere else, will be permitted to use “any accrued, but unused vacation leave,” will continue to have a split dollar insurance policy and will retain his president emeritus title, according to a letter senior vice president, senior adviser to the president and general counsel Christopher Culley sent Gee, dated March 26… Read more

Gordon Gee formally appointed West Virginia University president

March 10, 2014
Former Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee was formally approved as the permanent president of West Virginia University Monday. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved his appointment at a special meeting, the final approval needed to solidify his role, according to a WVU release. The Board of Governors unanimously voted to name Gee president during an emergency meeting March 3 after the Presidential Search Committee endorsed Gee for the position in an emergency session of its own Feb. 28. Gee began as WVU’s president in January and was only set to remain in that position until a permanent president was selected. He is on an unpaid leave from… Read more

Gordon Gee to assume West Virginia University presidency, despite retirement from Ohio State

March 3, 2014
Former Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee is slated to become the permanent president of West Virginia University, and he made sure those making the decision knew he wanted the job. A few months ago, though, he said he was not interested in pursuing another university presidency post-retirement. “(Columbus) is my home, and look, I’ve done this longer than any person in this country, and I’ve had the greatest opportunities at the greatest institution one could possibly imagine. But I’m really committed to making a difference by doing what I’m doing now, by actually being engaged in this university family but also engaged in and talking about the issues of… Read more

Gordon Gee named West Virginia University president by WVU Board of Governors

March 3, 2014
Former Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee was named the permanent president of West Virginia University Monday, pending one last approval. The Board of Governors unanimously voted to name Gee president during an emergency meeting Monday after the Presidential Search Committee endorsed Gee for the position in an emergency session of its own Friday, according to a WVU release. The decision now has to go through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to receive its approval, the release said. Gee began as WVU’s president in January and was only set to remain in that position until a permanent president was selected. He is on an unpaid leave from OSU,… Read more

Gordon Gee recommended as permanent president of West Virginia University

March 3, 2014
Former Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee has been recommended to be the permanent president of West Virginia University. The announcement was made after an emergency meeting of the WVU presidential search committee Friday afternoon, according to a WVU press release. Gee began as WVU’s president in January and was only set to remain in that position until a permanent president was selected. He’s on an unpaid leave from OSU, where he assumed the role of president emeritus after retiring. OSU spokesman Gary Lewis said in an email Friday questions about whether Gee will remain on unpaid leave at OSU if he is approved as WVU’s permanent president “will be… Read more

Commentary: Ohio State not hurt by loss of Gordon Gee

January 9, 2014
E. Gordon Gee is like a lovable pet. The former Ohio State president brings a great character wherever he goes, but he can’t help leaving a little mess. In his tenure as president of Brown University from 1998-2000, he made cuts to arts programs and his term ended during a related controversy. Brown actually has portable toilets called the “E. Gordon Gee Lavatory Complex” that appear during their spring weekend. Gee’s stay as president of Vanderbilt University from 2001-07 was marked by lavish spending on himself and the unexpected cutting of Vanderbilt’s entire athletic department. Even his stay at OSU was cut short by negative comments he made. Gee announced… Read more