Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee announced his retirement yesterday, effective July 1st.
As my time as president draws to a close, know that my love for Ohio State will continue to grow. #HowFirmThyFriendship
— E. Gordon Gee (@presidentgee) June 4, 2013
Gordon Gee was probably the best Ohio State President in recent memory, a fundraising machine. But he never let his lofty position as one of the nation’s top paid college administrators overshadow his deep caring for the students over which he presided. Those students took to Twitter to express their reciprocal feelings for the bow-tie aficionado.
I’m going to miss one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever met. He was truly loved #howfirmthyfriendship #OHIO twitter.com/SarLaVoy/statu…
— Sarah LaVoy (@SarLaVoy) June 4, 2013
Gee made sure to take time out and talk to everyone he met. Hope he gets to stay on OSU’s campus in some way. #HowFirmThyFriendship
— Alex Szablewski (@alexszablewski) June 4, 2013
Forever a Buckeye! #howfirmthyfriendship instagram.com/p/aJvEZ9SyaI/
— REECE.❤ (@throwsumdees) June 4, 2013
After hours have passed from me finding out about Gee, I’m still tearing up. #HowFirmThyFriendship
— Missy Clough (@missy_clough) June 4, 2013
It’s a sad day for #buckeyes everywhere. Good thing @presidentgee has built the strongest community in the world. #HowFirmThyFriendship
— Brittany Cox (@bcox10) June 4, 2013
@presidentgee you are a class act from start to finish. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. #howfirmthyfriendship.
— Nora Rubinoff (@norarubinoff) June 4, 2013
So sad hearing @presidentgee is retiring.. He instilled that buckeye spirit in all of us and made OSU a great place! #HowFirmThyFriendship ❤
— marissa vennekotter (@marissavenne) June 4, 2013
Going to miss seeing this little man running around campus in bow ties #howfirmthyfriendship instagram.com/p/aJqG3HwGr9/
— Emma Dickman (@emma_dickman) June 4, 2013
Ohio State won’t be the same without @presidentgee
— kruti pandya (@krutipandya92) June 5, 2013
I feel bad for the future buckeyes because they won’t be able to get this! @presidentgee twitter.com/k_beck15/statu…
— Kelly Becker (@k_beck15) June 5, 2013
To protest what happened with @presidentgee we should have thousands of students write to the board of trustees saying we want him back. RT!
— Michelle Endsley (@MichelleEndsley) June 5, 2013
We will miss @presidentgee twitter.com/DeltaZetaOSU/s…
— Delta Zeta OSU (@DeltaZetaOSU) June 5, 2013
@presidentgee is always going to be the first person to shake my hand after I received my degree. That’s how I choose to remember him.
— The People’s Buckeye (@tPeoplesBuckeye) June 5, 2013
if anyone is wondering where I stand on Gee’s retirement from Ohio State president, check my profile photo. @presidentgee is awesome!!!
— Ryan Letcher (@ryryletcher) June 5, 2013
@presidentgee, you will always be welcome at the hockey house! twitter.com/Heeter1/status…
— Cal Heeter (@Heeter1) June 5, 2013
Then came the Ohio State Football team (current and former) and their gushing of support for Dr. Gee:
How can you get rid of the best president in America for that? Brush it off and move on. Gordon gee is the man
— MIKE BENNETT (@mike63bennett) June 4, 2013
I don’t care how the press tries to twist it… President Gee was an amazing guy and did a tremendous amount for Ohio State. #DejaVu
— Reid Fragel (@Fragel79) June 4, 2013
#RP clinsley09 Im truly salty President Gee is retiring! Most swagged out college president hands… instagram.com/p/aJm02kK715/
— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) June 4, 2013
So sad to hear about @presidentgee he was tremendous leader 4 great university. We’ll miss u! BUT next best choice 4 president @jimtressel5
— Zach Boren (@ZBoren44) June 4, 2013
So bummedto see @presidentgee retire… He was great for our university. #gobucks
— Jake Stoneburner (@STONEYeleven) June 4, 2013
Aw the bow tie is leaving OSU. Lesson learned, gotta watch what you say now days.Too bad, I liked his style.
— LeCharles Bentley (@LeCharlesBent65) June 4, 2013
If Tress was president think of all the things we could beat Michigan in…hmmmmmmmm
— Michael Brewster (@Brewster50) June 4, 2013
Sad day for all #Buckeyes @presidentgee stepping down. Wish him well!! Nobody did it between than E!!
— Matt Finkes (@MattFinkes) June 4, 2013
THE coolest dude of all-time is stepping down. @presidentgee, I appreciate all the time we’ve hadtogether. Stay in touch. Stay awesome
— Brian Hartline (@brianhartline) June 4, 2013
— Jonathan Thoma (@JonThoma) June 5, 2013
Long live the bow tie!! @presidentgee Thank you for everything!
— Jeff Bret Shugarts (@JShugs76) June 4, 2013
Want to thank you @presidentgee for your excellent leadership and thank you for the opportunities you gave me. True Buckeye!!
— DeVier Posey (@DPo8) June 4, 2013
Not to be left out, the Football Staff had their own well wishes for the retiring President.
Want to thank @presidentgee for providing leadership and direction to The Ohio State University. You will be missed.
— Mike Vrabel (@CoachVrabel50) June 4, 2013
Thank you to @presidentgee for all he’s done for Ohio State, our athletic department, and my family. He is a great leader and will be missed
— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 4, 2013
Want to thank @presidentgee for taking time to meet with recruits. He played a major role and was a team player. He will be missed.
— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) June 4, 2013
You can tell from these tweets that President Gee was well loved and well respected amongst the University. From regular students to student athletes to the coaches, almost everyone had a tear to shed or a nice word to say about The Man In The Bowtie.
He’ll be gone as the University President in less than a month, but that won’t keep those loyal and faithful to Ohio State from remembering him how he was and how he made them feel as though he was there for them. For that, we’ll always