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For Immediate Release

April 23, 2008

Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Media Alert: OSU President Gee returns to Ohio State Lima campus in a whirlwind of activity

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee will be in Lima for a two-day visit with the students, faculty and staff of The Ohio State University at Lima on April 28 and 29, 2008. Dr. Gee will be the keynote speaker at both Ohio State Lima’s Fifth Annual Spring for Scholarships event and the Lima Rotary meeting on Monday.

Dr. Gee was a regular visitor to the Ohio State Lima campus during his first term as Ohio State President 1990-1997. This will be his first trip to campus since his return to the presidency in Autumn 2007.

Editors’ Note:  Due to his extremely ambitious schedule, Dr. Gee will only be available for media interviews at 1 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2008, following the Rotary meeting at the Veterans’ Memorial Civic and Convention Center. Several other events should also provide excellent video and photographic opportunities.

Monday, April 28, 2008

9:40-10:25 a.m.   Tour of Shawnee High School and meeting with future Buckeyes

11:45 a.m.          Dr. Gee speaks at the Lima Rotary meeting at approximately 12:25 p.m.
Media interviews will be held immediately following the meeting at approximately 1 p.m.

3 p.m.                Dr. Gee takes a mini tour of the Ohio State Lima campus, accompanied by two student tour guides and Dean John Snyder, to visit classes in the Science Building and Reed Hall and view the Theater addition.  If time permits, the tour will include the proposed site for Ohio State Lima’s new Student Life and Community Center and Cook Hall. The tour will start at Public Service 212.

  6 p.m.              Spring for Scholarship at Shawnee Country Club. Dr. Gee will speak at approximately 7:20 p.m. A live auction will follow. Following the scholarship event, Dr. Gee will visit with Ohio State students at the Metro University Student Housing and Education Center on Ada Road.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

8:15-9:00 a.m.     Dr. Gee sits down with 50-60 Ohio State students in the Galvin Commons, Room 054. If time permits, Dr. Gee will be able to play some Wii games with the students.

Biography of E. Gordon Gee

E. Gordon Gee, among the most highly experienced and respected university presidents in the nation, returned to The Ohio State University after having served as Chancellor of Vanderbilt University for seven years. Prior to his tenure at Vanderbilt, he was president of Brown University (1998-2000), The Ohio State University (1990-97), the University of Colorado (1985-90), and West Virginia University (1981-85).

Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D degrees from Columbia University. He clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before being named a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he worked for Chief Justice Warren Burger on administrative and legal problems of the Court and federal judiciary. Gee returned to Utah as an associate professor and associate dean in the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, eventually achieving the rank of full professor. In 1979 he was named dean of the West Virginia University Law School, and in 1981 was appointed to that university’s presidency.

Active in a number of national professional and service organizations, Gee served as a Trustee for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and as chairman of the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land Grant Universities. He is a member of the National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges, founded by the College Board to improve the teaching and learning of writing. He also serves on the NCAA Presidential Taskforce on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Gee is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Hospice Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, an independent Federal government agency established to “encourage and support research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind.” He also is a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum.

Gee has received a number of honorary degrees, awards, and recognitions. He was a Mellon Fellow for the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies and a W.K. Kellogg Fellow. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Utah as well as from Teachers College of Columbia University. He is the co-author of eight books and the author of numerous papers and articles on law and education.

Gee’s daughter, Rebekah, is a physician and Robert Wood Johnson Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. His son-in-law, Allan Moore, also a physician, is a fellow in endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital

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