Ohio State unlikely to renovate office for E. Gordon Gee

School will find him another office.
MCT Regional News
Aug 2, 2013

Retired Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee probably won't get the $190,000 office renovation that was detailed in a university plan, officials say.
The chairman of the university's trustees, Robert H. Schottenstein, said on Wednesday that Ohio State instead will try to find Gee a suitable existing office where he can work in his new roles as president emeritus and a tenured law professor.
A document on the university's online database of construction projects calls for renovating two rooms in Page Hall to create office space for the former president. It also includes a date to begin construction and a completion date of Sept. 20. The document, titled "Page -- Suite 150 renovation," also lists a project manager and others working on the plan and says the project status is "emerging/funded."
See document here (PDF)
News media, including The Dispatch, have reported since July 10 that Ohio State would renovate the offices for Gee, but officials began saying this week that the project is just a proposal.
OSU trustees would have to approve such a renovation, Schottenstein told reporters before a meeting of the committee searching for a successor to Gee.
Gee, 69, retired on July 1 and has agreed to a five-year, $5.8 million retirement package naming him a law professor and president emeritus.
Along with teaching, he is to research, write and speak about education and continue raising money for Ohio State.
The committee to find a new president at Ohio State has been meeting over the past two weeks but has not hired a search firm. A university spokesman said the group plans to interview representatives of several companies before choosing one.
Dispatch Reporter Encarnacion Pyle contributed to this story.
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Comments

kURTje

Hope it plays out like the headline. People at the top need to do their part also.