- E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia College, stated Monday he plans to go away his place as soon as his contract expires in June 2025 and train on the public flagship establishment’s School of Legislation.
- Gee, one of many nation’s most adorned greater training directors, shared his subsequent steps throughout a gathering of the WVU school senate. WVU’s board just lately prolonged Gee’s contract by an additional 12 months, past the unique expiration of June 2024.
- His announcement comes as Gee’s administration pursues aggressive tutorial program and college cuts, which college officers intend to confide in rank-and-file workers this week.
Gee is among the most distinguished school presidents of his era. He’s led a number of totally different establishments, together with Vanderbilt and Brown universities, in addition to Ohio State College — twice.
A few of his presidential tenures have been rocky, although.
In 2013, he left Ohio State for the second time after making disparaging feedback in regards to the College of Notre Dame and Roman Catholics. He jokingly stated Notre Dame wasn’t invited to hitch the Large Ten athletic convention as a result of clergymen will not be good companions, referencing how “these rattling Catholics” cannot be trusted.
Gee additionally departed early from Brown in 2000 after about solely two years on the job. He reportedly had not meshed nicely with the campus tradition and was accused of disregarding school suggestions.
He took up the WVU presidency in 2014, his second stint on the public establishment after serving as president for 4 years, between 1981 and 1985.
Gee hasn’t all the time been common at WVU. Its chapter of the American Affiliation of College Professors supported a college senate no-confidence decision towards him and the school’s provost in 2021 for failing to observe shared governance rules. The transfer in the end failed in a 20-103 vote.
Extra just lately, he has been spearheading tutorial consolidations within the face of a roughly $45 million finances deficit.
In June, the college introduced it can merge its School of Inventive Arts and Reed School of Media. The transfer got here roughly two years after it began combining two of its different faculties to type a School of Utilized Human Sciences.
WVU is at present reviewing about half of its tutorial packages amid the finances crunch, with the aim of phasing out or decreasing a number of the college’s choices. Some school would even be reduce.