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Sun. 4:30pm: Ohio State head spends $7.7M to travel, entertain

September 23, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee has spent $7.7 million on top of his record-setting compensation to travel, entertain, and maintain his 9,600-square-foot mansion, an Ohio newspaper's investigation has found.

The review by The Dayton Daily News detailed spending by the 68-year-old Gee that comes on top of $8.6 in salary and benefits he's collected since returning to Columbus to lead the university in October 2007.

Records obtained by the newspaper through records requests showed Gee travels the globe often on private jets staying in luxury hotels sometimes reached by limousine, dines at country clubs and fancy restaurants, and throws dozens of expensive parties a year for thousands of guests.

In a statement, the university said endowments and private donations - not tuition or tax dollars - are used to fund Gee's travel and use of the residence. He did not grant the newspaper an interview for the story.

Spokesman Jim Lynch said since arriving at the university, Gee's efforts have generated $1.6 billion from donors. Steps taken by Gee over the past two years have yielded another $1 billion in investments, returns on business deals, and savings, Lynch said.

"The University has rigorous standards and processes in planning the president's budget and reviewing his expenses," the university statement said. It added, "A significant proportion of President Gee's time, travel, and use of the University Residence is devoted to resource-generation to support the work of our students and faculty."

To come up with its expense tally, the Daily News reviewed records documenting Gee's work day, housing, American Express statements, travel expenses, and discretionary spending reports.



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