It is hard to imagine a University president who behaves in such a more undignified manner. When imagining a University president, most people think of a distinguished academic who is the great sage in the room. Unfortunately, this image does not apply to The Ohio State University President Gordan Gee, who continually is forced to apologize for comments he has made in public.
Gordan Gee has made several memorable public comments. Maybe most memorable was when he said that Jim Tressel should fire him. Or maybe it was when he called Bret Bielema a ‘thug’. But, his most recent comments have found their way on to this website because of their relation to Notre Dame. Gordan Gee said:
The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.
Today, Ohio State Trustees issued a 3-page letter that outline steps for Gordan Gee to take going forward. They include: issuing apologies and taking public communication and speech writing classes. Trustees wrote, “As a result, instead of your words promoting and uniting us, they have sometimes embarrassed and divided us.”
If as a University president, you need to take public communications then maybe you should not be a president at all. Maybe, Gordan Gee can take the same classes that his undergraduate students are taking.