The records showed Gee stayed in luxury hotels, dined at country clubs and swank restaurants, threw lavish parties, flew on private jets and handed out thousands of gifts — all at public expense. While at Ohio State, Gee ranked as the highest-paid president of a public university.
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Gee spent at least $844,000 on travel between 2007 and 2012 at Ohio State, including two trips to China and international travel to Iceland, Turkey, France and the United Kingdom. OSU funded the travel with unrestricted endowment money.
After the Dayton Daily News stories as well as publicized verbal gaffes by Gee, he announced in June 2013 that he would retire from Ohio State.
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Ohio State, which has 33,000 employees, a payroll of more than $2 billion, a major sports operation and a vast medical complex, has been headed by Michael V. Drake since June 2014.
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Gee, now 74, has served as president of West Virginia University, University of Colorado, Ohio State, Brown University, and Vanderbilt University. His career track includes two times at both OSU and WVU.