NCAA: Ohio State, Ex-President E. Gordon Gee Reach $5.8M Agreement

Former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee will receive a $5.8 million package from the school over the next five years.

Jul 29 2013, 9:03pm CDT | by

NCAA: Ohio State, Ex-President E. Gordon Gee Reach $5.8M Agreement
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Former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee will receive a lucrative package from the school.

According to the Associated Press, Gee will receive $5.8 million over the next five years plus an office, a secretary and a premium parking pass. The new deal includes a one-time payment of $1.5 million, a yearly salary of $410,000 and a $300,000 annual grant for research on 21st-century education policy. He will also be retained as a full professor of the College of Law. 

CBS Sports' Chip Patterson notes Ohio State board chairman Robert Scottenstein made the suggestion that Gee, a law degree holder from Columbia University, teach law at the university.  

The contract will also cover the cost of tax preparation and penalties he incurred because of corrections Ohio State made in reporting his income from 2009-2011. 

Gee was praised for stabilizing Ohio State's "long-term financial condition" in his two terms as university president from 1990-97 and 2007-13 but was criticized for his comments during a meeting of the Ohio State Athletics Council on December 5, 2012. 

In that meeting, Gee made several controversial comments. When referring to Notre Dame, he said, "You just can't trust those damn Catholics." He then criticized SEC schools ("You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing.") and even talked about Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany ("We need to make certain he keeps his hands out of our pockets while we support him.").

He has since apologized for his comments. 

"This isn't about those statements. I have apologized for those remarks and feel incredibly sorry, but I have moved on."

Gee, who was named America's best college president in 2010 by Time magazine, announced his retirement on June 4. 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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