CHARLESTON (AP) - The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved Gordon Gee's appointment as West Virginia University's permanent president.
The commission's decision came Monday during a special meeting in Charleston. The university's board of governors had voted last week to amend the search process and name the 70-year-old Gee as president.
Gee was named interim president after Jim Clements left for Clemson in November. Gee also served as WVU's president from 1981 to 1985.
Gee also served two stints as president at Ohio State. He retired from Ohio State in July after he criticized Roman Catholics, Notre Dame and former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema, who now coaches at Arkansas.
The remarks were made in December 2012 to Ohio State's Athletic Council.