Gordon Gee's "Note of Thanks" to Ohio State Employees

June 28, 2013 at 2:28p    by DJ Byrnes    
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Forced out by a the devious leaking of 6-month old, off-the-record remarks and a cabal of self-righteous pundits, Gordon Gee will be stepping down effective July 1st. Fret not, Gee-lovers, as the 69 year-old will still be involved with his beloved university. Gee has been granted tenure at the Moritz College of Law and President Emeritus status. He also may write a book.
Here is the "note of thanks" he sent to OSU staff today, in its entirety:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As my second tenure as president closes at Ohio State, I want to express my deep respect and affection for each and every member of this University family. And you are my family - my faculty colleagues with whom I have served, the staff who have made this institution so much better, and the students who are Ohio State and who will make the world better.

Each of you is a personal gift to me which I will cherish. I now move across the Oval, and do so with great pride in what we have accomplished together.

I look forward to continuing to serve Ohio State as a committed citizen of the University. I also look forward to having more time to be engaged with my own family and to nurture personal friendships.

Thank you for the gift all of you have given me, the gift to serve.

Cordially,
E. Gordon Gee 
/salute to E. Gordon Gee.

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RBuck's picture

Class act.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

hodge's picture

Happy trails, Old Sport.

brandonbauer87's picture

I still haven't received a clear answer. Does the title change mean he can be himself with no repercussions, or does he still need to watch his mouth? I for one want the old Gee back. 

rdubs's picture

I think it primarily means that he won't be in the press as much.  But he should probably still watch what he says a little bit, at least in mixed company.

unknownmusketeer's picture

Hopefully, it means that his "speeches" won't be accessible as public record.

GoBucks713's picture

*sniffle* Good Luck Dr. Gee.

-The Aristocrats!

Denny's picture

I'm really, really glad that he's still going to be around, even in a reduced capacity.

Taquitos.

Jonnferrell's picture

Gotta love the Gee Man!

"I miss Brady Hoke."

741's picture

I want to hear more about this "devious leaking" and the the identity of the "cabal of self-righteous pundits" - sounds titillating and scandalous.
P.S. I am solidly pro Gee.

pjtobin's picture

I am glad to hear he is still going to be here! Lets face it, even the few ppl who don't like gee, know that he is good for TOSU. Thanks for filling us in on his letter. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

pcuzz1's picture

You are the man, sir!!!

pat cozzens

05Buckeye's picture

A couple of weeks ago, someone posted a story on President Gee's accomplishments in his time here.
i was born and raised here in the Columbus area. When he first came to Columbus in 1990, the University was large and nationally known, but it had, more or less, a statewide or regional footprint. The same goes for the City of Columbus. At that time, Columbus was the third largest city in the state. 
Here we are, nearly a quarter of a century later. 
The Ohio State University is demonstrably better today. If you go around campus, just look around. Major investments everywhere in the academic areas. Major private investments in areas around campus, especially along High Street. Major investments in the athletic facilities. The campus looks like it is bustling. You see the results of that in the surveys, the number of applications of young people wanting to be Buckeyes, and the fundraising. This has spilled off into my hometown of Columbus, which is now the largest city in the state and the 14th largest in the country. Before the end of this decade, Franklin County will become the largest county in Ohio and Columbus will become the largest metropolitan area in Ohio. 
The Ohio State and Columbus of today are globally known and have a national and global footprint. President E. Gordon Gee is a very big reason why that has happened.