Long-time Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee may be retiring from his role as the university’s president, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be leaving campus.
“I am leaving the presidency; I am not leaving the university,” Gee told reporters earlier today.
According to our partners at WOSU, Gee is taking the changes in stride:
“I will just not be on the day-to-day firing line,” Gee said. “And to me, that gives me the joy of doing the things I really feel most passionately about: continuing to be engaged with students in a variety of way and continuing to do other kinds of things. This is not a funeral. This is a new phase in my life.”
“I intend to be a very active participant. In fact, in many ways, I can be a much more-engaged fundraiser on behalf of the university in my new role because of the fact that I’ll have more time and I’ll have more ability to be able to spend time legitimately doing those kinds of things. I will be fully engaged in furthering the agenda of the university.”
“We feel that the Board of Trustees should keep President Gee and not let him leave his position, as he is an influential and beloved part of Ohio State University and has done a lot of good for the university in his six-year tenure. To let him go would be a blow to student morale and to the university itself.”
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Gee is set to retire on July 1, at which point current Provost Joseph Alutto will become the interim president of the university.