Lower your bow ties to half-staff on July 1.
Alive file photo
Much-loved (at least by students) Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee announced today he'll be retiring on July 1. Gee has recently made headlines for recorded remarks about Catholics and the SEC, two powerful groups you don't want to mess with. (I kid, I kid ... please don't write.)
Gee announced his retirement in a brief email to students, staff and faculty:
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I write to let you know that today I am announcing my retirement from Ohio State, effective July 1. Without question, the University has achieved remarkable success, and it has been my honor and calling to lead it. Ohio State is well-positioned for the future. I love this University, and my relationship with it will continue.
E. Gordon Gee
Gee served as president of the university for two terms, from 1990 to 1997, and again from 2007 to now. Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph A. Alutto will serve as interim president, as he did in 2007.
Gee also once participated in our recurring "What Are You Wearing?" feature. (Hint: He was wearing a bow tie.)
Video: OSU students react to Gee's announcement: