OSU Trustees Warn Gee About Recent Gaffe

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee says a tuition freeze for out of state students is impossible right now but students may receive financial help.(Photo: Carmen Ambrosio / Flickr)
Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee says a tuition freeze for out of state students is impossible right now but students may receive financial help.(Photo: Carmen Ambrosio / Flickr)

Ohio State Board of Trustees warned university president Gordon Gee about making disparaging comments in the future. Gee came under fire Thursday after his remarks about Catholics and other college conferences were made public.

In a letter to Gee, board president Robert Schottenstein stated Gee could be fired if he makes another misstep.

“Although none of us expects this to be the case, should future instances take place, they could constitute cause for even more punitive action, including dismissal, and the Board will have no choice but to take such action.” Schottenstein, OSU Board of Trustees president

Letter from OSU Trustees

Read the letter sent by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees to Gordon Gee outlining a remediation plan for his comments about Catholics and Notre Dame.

The board also called on Gee to take part in a remediation plan which include issuing apologies to those he may have offended, reviewing his personal communication and speech-writing processes, and aligning his messages with the core values of the university’s.

Schottenstein also noted in the letter the board will consider Gee’s compensation during his annual job performance review.

The board met with Gee at length when trustees learned of remarks in which Gee referred to “damn Catholics” in a reference to Notre Dame. Gee also attacked the academic integrity of the Southeastern Conference.

Comments
  • Marlene Talbott-Green PhD

    This is a bunch of hypocritical hog wash. Encouraging President Gee
    to align his messages with the core values of the university’s is basically to reiterate that the university’s core values have to do with money. Alienating Catholics means that Catholics will not contribute money to the OSU.
    What else is wrong with Gordon Gee’s values about education that doesn’t reflect the university’s?