MORGANTOWN -- E. Gordon Gee was named West Virginia University's permanent president today the third time he's been asked to lead the state's land-grant, flagship research University.
Gee, 70, first served as president from 1981-85 hired when he was just 36. He returned in January for a term to replace the departing Jim Clements, and was asked by the WVU Board of Governors this morning to serve as the university's permanent 24th president-pending a special meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and its approval.
The board's vote, during an emergency meeting, was unanimous. The Presidential Search Committee had met in emergency session Friday to endorse Gee for the permanent post and request that the Board amend the search guidelines and take all necessary steps to retain him. The board today adopted the committee's recommendation.
Gee's current contract will remain in place while a new two-year contract the maximum under statute is developed.
Gee has twice served as president of The Ohio State University, from 1990-1997 and later from 2007 to July of this year when he was named President Emeritus. He was also president of Vanderbilt University (2000-2007), Brown University (1998-2000), the University of Colorado (1985-1990) and WVU (1981-1985; Jan.-Feb. 2014; and March 2014 and beyond). He also served as the dean of the WVU College of Law from 1979-1981.