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Gee Stands To Earn $671K For Extra Day’s Work
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Retiring Ohio State University President Gordon Gee attended his last board of trustees meeting Friday. Meanwhile WOSU has learned that Gee will receive more than a half-million dollars in retirement credits by stepping down July 1st rather than a day earlier.
More than a dozen board members thanked and praised Gordon Gee during the board meeting. Algenon Marbley described Gee as a mentor.
“You put us on and you kept us on a trajectory of excellence to eminence,” Marbley said. “You have led this university selflessly with a commitment to excellence that in the history of this university is unsurpassed.”
Gee then read his farewell remarks from a prepared text.
“The one thing that has been a rock in my life is this university,” Gee said.
Afterward the board and the audience gave the 69-year-old a standing ovation.
According to board president Robert Schottenstein negotiations for Gee’s retirement package will begin soon. He predicted they would be concluded quickly and amicably.
When asked about the $671,000 that Gee will earn for staying on an extra day, Schottenstein responded:
“This is not the day to discuss it,” Schottenstein said. “We’re celebrating an extraordinary presidency by one of the most amazing men that any one of us will ever meet. And candidly, I don’t think today’s the day to talk about it for several reasons. One, we’re not ready, it’s speculation, and it’s a little inconsistent with the moment.”
The board approved Provost Joseph Alutto as interim president.