E.Gordon Gee Announces Retirement
Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee announced on Tuesday afternoon that he intends to retire on July 1.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Gee will announce his intentions in an email sent to faculty, students, and staff.
“Without question, the university has achieved remarkable success, and it has been my honor and calling to lead it,” Gee’s email reportedly says. “Ohio State is well-positioned for the future. I love this university, and my relationship with it will continue.”
The announcement will come not even one week after some controversial statements that Gee made regarding Catholics, Notre Dame, and the SEC were made public by the Associate Press.
The Dispatch also reports that the university’s trustees met, in private, twice following Gee’s remarks to plot the proper course of action. The first meeting took place on Jan. 31 and the other on March 8. According to the paper, “University officials say the board never took any public action at either of the meetings, but two days after the last one, two trustees sent Gee a letter outlining the plan.”
Gee’s retirement will mark the end of his second term as the school’s president. He previously served in that position from 1990-97. The most recent stint began in 2007.
Former Provost Joseph A. Alluto will step in as the interim President.