(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio State University president Gordon Gee announced on Tuesday that he is retiring effective July 1.
His decision follows audio recordings that were released last week in which he made disparaging comments during a meeting of the school’s Athletic Council towards Notre Dame, the University of Louisville and the Southeastern Conference.
“I recently returned from a vacation with my family, during which time I had a chance to consider the university’s phenomenal achievements and the road that lies ahead for it,” Gee said in a released statement. “Ohio State now has a richness of new opportunities that would be the envy of most universities. During my days away, I also spent some time in self-reflection. And after much deliberation, I have decided it is now time for me to turn over the reins of leadership to allow the seeds that we have planted to grow. It is also time for me to reenergize and refocus myself”
Besides Ohio State, Gee has also served as president at University of Colorado, Brown and Vanderbilt.
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