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Ohio State trustee board gives president pay increase, bonus

Published: Fri, December 9, 2011 @ 6:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University trustees approved a pay increase of about $16,000 for President Gordon Gee and a performance bonus of about $143,000.

The change approved today raises Gee’s base salary 2 percent to $834,530, and awards a 17.5 percent bonus. Last year, Gee received a 2 percent salary increase and 37 percent bonus.

The university says the bonus comes from nonpublic funds.

Amid a scandal involving the football team, the university has been questioned over the past year about how it handled player suspensions, the departure of coach Jim Tressel and subsequent NCAA problems.

Gee was criticized early on for responding “I’m just hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me” when asked if he had considered firing Tressel.

Gee led Ohio State from 1990 to 1997 and returned in 2007.


1redeye1(5673 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Well, I wonder how much tuition will be going up next year to cover this.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Once again we see the BIG disconnect between the private and public sectors when it comes to pay and benefits. This smells like the crapper after public employees have used it.

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3NoBS(2836 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Once again we see the giant disconnect between what actually happens and what the blabbering bobbleheads on here have to say.

The rank and file workers are on pay freezes and paying more and more of their healthcare and other benefits. They're in the same boat as the rest of us - income dwindling and expenses rising. Yet ONE PERSON gets a raise - he's not in any union, but he IS a favorite of the "ruling class" Republicans currently stinking up Columbus. His raise came from the actions of Republicans. And what do the knowitalls here do? Bash all public employees, when the truth of the matter is that Gordon Gee is hardly a typical public employee.

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4grand4dad(219 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Right on, noBS. Most of the problem with abuse in the public sector is at the top, administrators/managers. These people are not in any union. Unions are not the problem, it is the managing Boards who are not representing the taxpaying public. This Board of Trustees is out of control and should be dismissed immediately. They are not being fiscally responsible.

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5muf65fin(27 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Another scam!
Why do we have to pay for these loosers?
Our Educational system is in shambles and we give him and Urban Liar
our hard earned money!
Put the blind fold on and take our money!
Time for a tax rebellion!
Wise up Ohio residents.

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6card64inmyrtle(26 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

How in the hell in these hard economic times can they justify doing this....If I had a son or daughter going to school at ohio state I would be raising hell.

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72muchtax(897 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

800,000 dollars was not enough for this guy. I am sure he will gladly take it. Let's just raise tuition on the broke students. And we wonder why the private sector is so mad. Coaches making millions, presidents making 863,000. State patrol retiring at 20 yrs. Public workers double dipping constantly, the state 8 billion in th e hole People retiring in their 50's getting 5000.00 a month. This all sounds like what Greece has been doing for years

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8georgejeanie(1540 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Have football fans boycott the home games, Ill bet within 2 weeks you will have Gee and Meyer taking a pay cut or being gone. Seems like everything revolves around the football programs so hit them where it hurts, it would be a good start for fiscal sanity to prevail in all forms of university life. This BS has to stop.

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9franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Common, as you point out, SB5 would have done nothing to prevent this--the presidents, coaches and athletic directors to borrow a favorite from Betram, "feeding at the public trough" are NON-union employees. NoBS is right on the mark here.

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10AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Gee is the president/CEO of one of the largest universities in the country. If a CEO of a corporation makes this much money ' all you say it is well deserved.

William R. Johnson, chairman and president, H.J. Heinz: $8,589,063
Lawrence J. Ellison, chief executive officer, Oracle: $6,453,254
John T. Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems: $4,600,000
Mark G. Parker, president and CEO, Nike: $4,441,875
Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO, News Corp: $4,368,800

No wonder nike shoes are so expensive.

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