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Encyclopedia > Gordon Gee
Gordon Gee
14th President of
The Ohio State University
Term 2007-08-01 present
Predecessor Joseph A. Alutto (interim)
Successor incumbent
Born 1944-02-02
Vernal, UT
Alma mater University of Utah
Columbia University
Profession Educator
Religion Mormon
Salary $775,000 [1]
Spouse Elizabeth D. Gee (deceased)
Constance Bumgarner (divorced)
Children Rebekah Gee

Elwood Gordon Gee (born February 2, 1944) is an American academic. He is in his second tenure as the president of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio; he was previously president from 1990 to 1997. This article is about Ohio State; there is also an Ohio University. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph A. Alutto Joseph A. Alutto, is currently the interim president of The Ohio State University located in Columbus, Ohio. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... A large, pink dinosaur greets visitors at the east end of Vernal. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah, and one of 10 institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education. ... Columbia University is a private research university in the United States and a member of the prestigious Ivy League. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ...


Gee has held more university presidencies than any other American. Prior to his resumption of the presidency of Ohio State on August 1, 2007, Gee was chancellor of Vanderbilt University from 2000 to 2007 and president of Brown University from 1997 to 2000, of the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1985 to 1990, and of West Virginia University from 1981 to 1985. is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder, UCB officially[2]; Colorado and CU colloquially) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, and a clinical campus for...


Gee was born and grew up in Vernal, Utah, 171 miles (275 km) southeast of Salt Lake City, the son of an oil company employee and a school teacher, both Mormon. Gee has been twice married. He recently divorced his second wife, the former Constance Bumgarner, an associate professor of public policy and education at Peabody College, a part of Vanderbilt University.[2] His first wife was the late Elizabeth D. Gee, with whom he had one daughter, Rebekah. Gee is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. A large, pink dinosaur greets visitors at the east end of Vernal. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... According to Latter Day Saint belief, Mormon is the name of the compiler of the book of scripture known as the Book of Mormon. ... Public policy is a course of action or inaction chosen by public authorities to address a problem. ... Originally, George Peabody College for Teachers was a teachers college located in Nashville, Tennessee, and after 1911, was geographically locatated directly across the street from the campus of Vanderbilt University. ... An Eagle Scout is a Scout with the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). ... The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, is a special award, awarded only to Eagle Scouts, for distinguished service in his profession or to the community for a period of at least 25 years after earning his Eagle Scout rank. ...


Gee sits on the Board of Directors of Massey Energy, where he is a member of the Public and Environmental Policy Committee. Massey Energy Company is a large coal producer with substantial operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. ...


Education and early career

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Gee attended the University of Utah where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and graduated with a bachelor of arts in history in 1968. After earning doctorates in law and education from Columbia University in 1971 and 1972, respectively, specializing in education law, Gee clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger for one year.[3] The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah, and one of 10 institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education. ... Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (ΠΚΑ) is an international, secret, social, Greek-letter, college fraternity. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... A B.A. issused as a certificate Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... Columbia University is a private research university in the United States and a member of the prestigious Ivy League. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the highest judicial body in the... The Chief Justice of the United States is the head of the Judicial Branch of the government of the United States, and presides over the Supreme Court of the United States. ... Warren Burger at a press conference in May 1969 shortly after he was nominated to be Chief Justice of the United States. ...


After clerking for Justice Burger, Gee accepted a position as professor and associate dean at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He became dean and professor at West Virginia University's law school in 1979 and the university's president two years later. At 37, he was one of the youngest chief executives in academia at the time. Brigham Young University Brigham Young University (BYU), located in Provo, Utah, is the flagship university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church). ... Panoramic view of Provo Provo is a city in Utah and the county seat of Utah County, located about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. ...


After successful administrations at WVU, Gee moved on to the University of Colorado in 1985 then to the Ohio State University in 1990. It was at Ohio State that Gee met and married Bumgarner. He became president of Brown University in 1998. Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ...


Brown tenure

Gee's presidency at Brown, which he held for only two years, was mired in controversy. According to The Village Voice and the College Hill Independent, one of the university's campus newspapers, Gee received much criticism from students and faculty for treating the school as a Wall Street corporation rather than an Ivy League university. The Village Voice is a weekly newspaper in New York City featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... Elaborate marble facade of NYSE as seen from the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ... Corporate redirects here. ... For the record label, see Ivy League Records. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ...


Critics specifically pointed to his decisions to sign off on an ambitious brain science program without consulting the faculty, to sell $80 million in bonds for the construction of a biomedical sciences building and to cut the university's extremely popular Charleston String Quartet, which many saw as part of a pattern of Gee of leading the school away from its close but unprofitable relationship with the arts.[4] Gee and his wife were also blamed for an extravagant renovation of the president's residence, which reportedly cost several million dollars. Constance Gee, who was given a teaching position at Brown, was also bashed by the students for her poor teaching ability (as indicated by the students' semiannual survey of faculty and courses, the Critical Review). The Critical Review, sometimes abbreviated CR, is a student publication that produces reviews of course offerings at Brown University. ...


Gee left under a storm of criticism in 2000, as members of the Brown community widely accused him of departing the school after an uncommonly short tenure because of Vanderbilt University's offer of a corporate-level salary and a tenured teaching position for his wife. Indeed, according to a 2003 article by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Gee was the second highest paid university chief executive in the country with a purported total compensation package of greater than $1.3 million. [5] The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper that is a source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and administration. ...


Vanderbilt tenure

Gee has enjoyed a relatively calmer tenure at Vanderbilt compared to Brown. He has been generally well-liked by faculty and students, demonstrated by his uncommonly high student approval ratings. In 2005, when Gee's approval saw a comparatively sharp drop, it still stood at 88.4%. [6] During his tenure, Vanderbilt has seen a dramatic increase in student applications—more than 50% in six years—and a similarly dramatic rise in the SAT scores of incoming freshmen. Vanderbilt's faculty, always strong, has been bolstered by an influx of new scholars from Ivy League universities like Princeton and Harvard. Furthermore, the university completed a $1.25 billion fundraising campaign two years ahead of schedule. The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. ...


A September 2006 Wall Street Journal article detailed that some of Gee's problems at Vanderbilt—including his wife's actions (such as smoking marijuana in the presidential mansion), criticism of the high cost of renovating his home, and the couple's lavish spending—had come back to haunt him. While Vanderbilt's board expressed some concern about his spending, they also strongly endorsed his successful leadership. The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ... A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ...

Gee holds a copy of the hoax newspaper that reported his death in 2003
Gee holds a copy of the hoax newspaper that reported his death in 2003

On Tuesday, March 11, 2003, a student satirical publication at Vanderbilt, The Slant, ran a complete mock-up of the Vanderbilt Hustler, entitled the Vanderbilt Huslter, with the headline GEE DEAD. The hoax received some attention from national media, including an appearance on the Drudge Report. Gee's office responded to the hoax by releasing a photo of him holding a copy of the Huslter (with Gee smiling). Despite Gee's good humor about the prank, the ensuing controversy[7] led to the removal of The Slant's sophomore editor-in-chief David Barzelay from his post for inappropriately expropriating the Vanderbilt Hustler's news racks in violation of Vanderbilt Student Communications regulations. Gee discussed the hoax in his 2003 commencement speech. Image File history File links Geedead. ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (71st in leap years). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A typical day at the Drudge Report. ...


In September 2003, Gee made national headlines when he eliminated the organized athletic department at Vanderbilt and consolidated its activities under the Division of Student Life, the university's general administrative division for student organizations and activities. Some critics cited this reorganization in the recruiting process to call into question Vanderbilt's commitment to football.[8] However, Gee's action had its supporters, including NCAA President Myles Brand.[9] Furthermore, a stellar spring for Vanderbilt athletic teams and a top-30 finish in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Director's Cup ranking of college athletic programs for the 2003–04 academic year provided some vindication for Vanderbilt and Gee. NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand Myles Brand (May 17, 1942 - ) is president of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and prior to that served as the sixteenth president of Indiana University. ... The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics is a professional organization for college and university athletic directors in the United States. ... The NACDA Directors Cup is an award given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the colleges and universities with the most success in collegiate athletics. ...


Second Ohio State tenure

On July 11, 2007, Gee announced that he would be returning to Ohio State as its president, ending his 7-year tenure at Vanderbilt.[10] is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Notes and References

  1. ^ Trustees name Gordon Gee university's 14th president. onCampus (2007-7-18). Retrieved on 2007-08-01.
  2. ^ Vanderbilt Chancellor Gee and wife agree on divorce. NashvillePost.com (2007-02-28). Retrieved on 2007-02-28.
  3. ^ E. Gordon Gee: Introducing the seventeenth president by Norman Boucher, Brown Alumni Magazine, September/October 1997. Accessed October 12, 2004.
  4. ^ Premature Evacuation: Why Did Gordon Gee Abandon Brown? by Blake A. Zeff, The Village Voice, August 2, 2000. Retrieved October 29, 2005.
  5. ^ Closing In on $1-Million by Julianne Basinger, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 14, 2003. Retrieved August 2, 2005.
  6. ^ Ceryanec, Megan. "Gee's approval rating near 90 percent", The Vanderbilt Hustler, March 23, 2005. Retrieved on July 23, 2005. 
  7. ^ Berger, Meredith. "Slant hoax ends in apologies", The Vanderbilt Hustler, March 14, 2003. Retrieved on December 05, 2005. 
  8. ^ Barnhart: Best and worst SEC jobs. Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2006-12-13). Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  9. ^ ^  Strike up the Vandy! by David Vecsey, sportsillustrated.com, September 12, 2003. Retrieved October 29, 2005.
  10. ^ Loos, Ralph. "Gee to leave Vanderbilt for Ohio State", The Tennessean, 2007-07-11. Retrieved on 2007-07-11. 

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... NashvillePost. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... July 23, 2005 (Saturday) Human rights campaigners in Gujarat, India, have condemned a new school textbook introduced last year by the Bharatiya Janata Party which is seen to praise Adolf Hitler and barely mention the holocaust. ... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the only major daily newspaper of Atlanta and metro Atlanta. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Tennessean is a dominant daily newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Preceded by
Karen Holbrook
Ohio State University President
2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joe B. Wyatt
Vanderbilt University Chancellors
2000-07-012007-08-01
Succeeded by
Nicholas S. Zeppos (interim)
Preceded by
Vartan Gregorian
President of Brown University
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Ruth J. Simmons
Preceded by
Edward Harrington Jennings
Ohio State University President
1990-09-011998-01-02
Succeeded by
William English Kirwan
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NAME Gee, Gordon
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Gee, E. Gordon; Gee, Elwood Gordon
SHORT DESCRIPTION American academic
DATE OF BIRTH 1944-02-02
PLACE OF BIRTH Vernal, UT
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Prior to his appointment as Vanderbilt's chancellor on February 7, 2000, Gee was president of Brown University from 1998 to 2000, the Ohio State University from 1990 to 1998, the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1985 to 1990 and West Virginia University from 1981 to 1985.
Gee is married to the former Constance Bumgarner, an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education at Peabody College, a part of Vanderbilt University.
Gee attended and graduated from the University of Utah in 1968 with a bachelor of arts degree in history.
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Gee is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
Gee sits on the Board of Directors of Massey Energy, where he is a member of the Public and Environmental Policy Committee.
Gee attended and graduated from the University of Utah in 1968 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, joining the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity during his undergraduate career.
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