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Ohio State President Gee to retire after remark

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11:03 a.m. CST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University President Gordon Gee abruptly announced his retirement after he came under fire for jokingly referring to “those damn Catholics” at Notre Dame and poking fun at the academic quality of other schools.

The remarks were first reported last week by The Associated Press, and Ohio State at the time called them unacceptable and said it had placed Gee on a “remediation plan” to change his behavior.

Gee, 69, said in a teleconference that the furor was only part of his decision to retire, which he said he had been considering for a while. He said his age and the start of a long-term planning process at the university were also factors.

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