COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is downplaying the impact of joking remarks he made about Roman Catholics and Notre Dame on his decision to retire next month.
The 69-year-old Gee cited his age, major upcoming planning changes at the university, his desire not to lose the university provost to another job along with the remarks as he explained why he is leaving.
Gee acknowledges he is facing what he calls headwinds.
Gee calls himself a “quirky” person who decided it was best to leave quickly.
Ohio State trustee chairman Robert Schottenstein says Gee’s decision is not about a letter trustees sent him in March ordering him to watch his public remarks or about any dwindling support on the board.