Gordon Gee, the Teflon President, Weathers Another Storm Over Expenses

Gordon Gee, the Teflon President, Weathers Another Storm Over Expenses 1

Ellis Lucia, Times-Picayune, Landov

Controversy over $7.7-million in expenses, on top of $2-million in compensation, might cause an ordinary president to resign or be fired. But Ohio State's E. Gordon Gee has made a virtue of his bow-tied persona, which makes him seem like a regular guy who's also a top administrator and fund raiser, not an out-of-touch elitist.

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Ellis Lucia, Times-Picayune, Landov

Controversy over $7.7-million in expenses, on top of $2-million in compensation, might cause an ordinary president to resign or be fired. But Ohio State's E. Gordon Gee has made a virtue of his bow-tied persona, which makes him seem like a regular guy who's also a top administrator and fund raiser, not an out-of-touch elitist.

It has been said that the only survivors of a nuclear holocaust will be cockroaches and Cher. At this point, it might seem reasonable to add E. Gordon Gee to that list.

At a time when college leaders are being tossed out at the very first whiff of a scandal, the Ohio State University president appears impervious to controversy.

Over the course of his decades-long career in higher education, Mr. Gee has weathered athletics scandal, spending probes, and even jokes about his