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UPDATE: Ohio State Names California Educator As President

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/30/2014 6:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University trustees named a California educator as the school's next president.

The trustees ended a six-month search by approving the selection of Michael Drake as the 15th president of Ohio State. Drake had been chancellor of the University of California at Irvine.

Trustees voted in favor of Drake at a meeting Thursday.

Drake succeeds former president Gordon Gee, who retired in July after remarks he made jabbing Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools were made public. Gee is now interim president at West Virginia University.

Drake is an ophthalmology professor who also is a published textbook author. He was named the fifth chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in 2005, where he also served as a professor.

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UPDATE 11/6/2013 10:05 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The committee looking for the next president of Ohio State University is holding another meeting as the search enters its final stages.

The panel of university trustees completed a detailed job description last month and is now considering possible candidates.

Ohio State is seeking a replacement for former president Gordon Gee, who retired in July after remarks he made jabbing Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools were made public.

The committee scheduled a closed meeting Wednesday on campus in Columbus.

Ohio State is paying a Dallas-based head hunting firm $200,000 plus expenses. That's in line with the increasingly common practice by big universities of putting the search for presidents in a consultant's hands.

A decision on a new president is expected early next year.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University Gordon Gee is retiring following the revelation of recorded remarks in which he criticized Notre Dame, Roman Catholics and the Southeastern Conference.

The university announced Tuesday that Gee is retiring as of July 1.

Gee made the joking remarks to the university's Athletic Council in December during an update on Big Ten expansion. The recorded comments were obtained by The Associated Press, which published a story about them last week.

Trustees had called Gee's remarks unacceptable and placed him on a remediation plan after learning of the comments earlier this year.

Gee has been a successful college president but also prone to verbal gaffes, once calling Ohio's governor a "dummy" and likening the job of running a university to the Polish Army.

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