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Outgoing Gee plans to continue to work with Ohio State, possibly teach


Retiring Ohio State President Gordon Gee, left, discusses his decision to leave in July as OSU board chairman Robert Schottenstein listens, at a news conference today at the Ohio State student union in Columbus.

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COLUMBUS -- Outgoing Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee said early today that he will continue fund-raising for the school and working with students.

During a news conference at the Ohio Union on campus, OSU Board President Robert H. Schottenstein said Gee, who has a law degree, might teach in the Moritz College of Law.

Gee announced Tuesday in an email to students, faculty and staff that he will retire on July 1. He said it has nothing to do with a series of recent gaffes that embarrassed the university and caused the board to come up with remediation plan for him.

Gee, who was joined by Schottenstein and OSU Provost Joseph A. Allutto, said age had a lot to do with his decision to retire.

“I run the university as if I were 36 years old,” he said today. “I am 69. I am a little slower.”

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