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.
E. Gordon Gee
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:
/salute to E. Gordon Gee.