Ohio State University has told President E. Gordon Gee to seek professional help with his personal communications, according to a “remediation plan” issued March 11, five weeks after trustees learned of Gee’s latest verbal gaffe.
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The Dayton Daily News for the past several years has closely watched the spending by OSU President E. Gordon Gee, who is among the nation’s best-paid public university presidents. Last year, the newspaper detailed how Gee has spent more than $7.7 million since October 2007 on travel, housing, parties and entertainment.
Gee’s verbal gaffes
December 2012: At a taped meeting of Ohio State’s Athletic Council, Gee, a Morman, says “you just can’t trust those damn Catholics” and disparages several universities of the SEC conference, saying they should “learn to read and write.”
January 2012: Gee quipped that OSU’s individual colleges used to operate like PT boats shooting at one another in the ocean. “It was like the Polish army,” he said.
March 2011: Months before football coach Jim Tressel resigned amid scandal, Gee brushed aside a question about whether Tressel would be fired. “Are you kidding me? Let me just be very clear. I’m just hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”
November 2010: Gee remarked that Ohio State’s football schedule is tough. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.” A nursing facility of the Little Sisters of the Poor operates in suburban Toledo.