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Ohio State president to retire following controversial comments

On Tuesday, Ohio State University announced that President E. Gordon Gee will be retiring as of July 1.

The decision comes less than a week after an Associated Press story surfaced comments Gee made criticizing other schools, as well as the news that the university was putting him through a "remediation plan" following his statements.

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With a nearly $2 million salary in the last fiscal year, Gee ranked as one of the highest-paid presidents of a U.S. public university.

The Post's Jena McGregor wrote an analysis of the management challenge Gee's comments presented Ohio State and how Gee "should know better." She also looked at how the "pattern of questionable remarks only adds to the impression that university presidents are far too consumed with sports and hold athletics to different standards."

In light of today's announcement that Gee will retire, it's interesting to take a look back at McGregor's piece. Here's the link:

Gordon Gee's comments and the sway of college sports

Lillian Cunningham is the editor and feature writer for The Washington Post's 'On Leadership' section.
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