Gordon Gee Quotes

Elwood Gordon Gee (born February 2, 1944) is an American academic and is currently serving his second term as President of West Virginia University. He has served as the chief executive at several universities in the United States, previously serving at Ohio State University. Gee had been heading an Ohio State-based think tank following his retirement from the Ohio State presidency on July 1, 2013. He retired in response to a series of controversies relating to comments he made, the last of which involved anti-Catholic comments allegedly made in jest prior to a football game between Ohio State and the University of Notre Dame. His resignation thus ended his second term as the president; he had previously served as president of Ohio State from 1990 to 1997.

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Gordon Gee


I believe that it is higher education's purpose and calling to keep open the door to the American dream.

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A truly great university is a nucleus of artistic expression. It fosters creative, critical thought, and serves as a platform for civil discourse.

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As one of the country's largest land-grant universities, Ohio State must play a critical role in moving our country forward.

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People look at me like I'm crazy when I say that our greatest partnership here at Ohio State should be with the community colleges.

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I am not a scientist. I have never analyzed the far reaches of the solar system through the lens of a telescope nor scrutinized cancer cells under a microscope.

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I often have said that to be a college president, you need a thick skin, a good sense of humor, and nerves like sewer pipes.

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Intellectual curiosity drove Einstein to some of the world's most important discoveries.

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I believe everything learned in college is an answer to a question that someone has posed. Questions get posed differently and the answers that come back transport us to places we never knew existed.

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You can't trust those damn Catholics.

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If people want to pigeon hole you then just view it as an opportunity to prove them wrong and show that you are different to what they think you are.

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To be sure, American higher education is a diverse ecosystem, comprising institutions of all sizes, price tags, and mission statements.

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The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom.

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“Nothing short of a revolution will stop what has become a crisis of conscience and integrity for colleges and universities in this country,”

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“What has gratified me the most is the enthusiasm I have witnessed this week on campus and among our alumni and friends. No doubt that a winning team brings great credit to the university.”

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“I'd already seen the kind of discipline and quality of effort that was being put into our program. I just felt very strongly that Bobby did not need to be looking to the rear view mirror as to whether the university administration was supporting him. He needed to look through the front window,”

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