Friday, May 31, 2013

Making Higher Education Pay.....Well

Guess  Gordon Gee is now retiring.

Even those in positions of leadership can sometimes make indelicate comments like:
"You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that...." Or something about a conference rival in sports: “Well, you tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write..."

But when you are Gordon Gee, President of Ohio State University, there is NO excuse. He also had this to say about the SEC which includes schools such as Florida, Alabama, and Vanderbilt:  "We know how to count. And the thing about it is, we know how to count the money, which we have a lot more of than the SEC and we’ll continue to have that.”

For those of you not familiar with Mr. Gee or OSU (What??) or have never been to Columbus, Ohio..Buckeye Country...let me fill you in: 

Since returning to Columbus as the university’s president in October 2007, the 68-year-old Gee has pulled in $8.6 million in salary and compensation, making him the highest paid CEO of a public university in the country. But his expenses — hidden among hard-to-get records that the university took nearly a year to release — tally nearly as much: $7.7 million.
Those records show Gee stays in luxury hotels, dines at country clubs and swank restaurants, throws lavish parties, flies on private jets and hands out thousands of gifts — all at public expense.

And then for good measure, Gov. John Kasich, who calls Gee’s “Ohio’s best politician,” just named him to head an effort to develop a new funding formula for the state’s colleges and universities. Last week Gee was also reappointed to the board of directors for JobsOhio, the Kasich administration’s economic development arm. (JobsOhio is a whole 'nother story. )

And you wonder WHY it's costing so much to further your education. I don't think it's the books.....

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