E. Gordon Gee isn't through with higher education just yet.
Today, West Virginia's Board of Governors held an emergency meeting in which they unanimously endorsed their Presidential Search Committee's recommendation to name Gordon Gee as the school's next president. Gee has been serving as the school's interim president since January.
“I am honored, energized and humbled to serve West Virginia University as the 24th president,” Gee said in a released statement. “When I had the opportunity to return to West Virginia and this university earlier this year I did not hesitate. And, I have found it to be the same wonderful and welcoming place I remembered. And, with great joy, I also found that our university had grown, matured and was competing on the national academic stage with some of the very best land-grant research universities in the country.”
Gee has been on unpaid leave at Ohio State as President Emeritus. This, however, is a return to the place where Gee started his career in academia administration. In 1981, Gee, at age 37, was named president of West Virginia University.