- E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia College, mentioned Monday he plans to depart his place as soon as his contract expires in June 2025 and educate on the public flagship establishment’s Faculty of Regulation.
- Gee, one of many nation’s most embellished larger schooling directors, shared his subsequent steps throughout a gathering of the WVU college senate. WVU’s board just lately prolonged Gee’s contract by an additional yr, past the unique expiration of June 2024.
- His announcement comes as Gee’s administration pursues aggressive educational program and school cuts, which college officers intend to open up to rank-and-file employees this week.
Gee is likely one of the most distinguished school presidents of his technology. 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 concerning the College of Notre Dame and Roman Catholics. He jokingly mentioned Notre Dame wasn’t invited to hitch the Large Ten athletic convention as a result of monks usually are not 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 properly with the campus tradition and was accused of disregarding college 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 fashionable at WVU. Its chapter of the American Affiliation of College Professors supported a college senate no-confidence decision in opposition to him and the faculty’s provost in 2021 for failing to observe shared governance ideas. The transfer finally failed in a 20-103 vote.
Extra just lately, he has been spearheading educational consolidations within the face of a roughly $45 million price range deficit.
In June, the college introduced it’ll merge its Faculty of Inventive Arts and Reed Faculty of Media. The transfer got here roughly two years after it began combining two of its different faculties to type a Faculty of Utilized Human Sciences.
WVU is at present reviewing about half of its educational packages amid the price range crunch, with the objective of phasing out or decreasing a number of the college’s choices. Some college would even be minimize.