The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee lives in a 9,630-square-foot Tudor Revival mansion that was renovated for him, featuring a great hall, pool, elevator and tennis court.
Gee made $1.9 million last year as the highest-paid public university president in the U.S. He also logged $1.7 million in expenses in fiscal 2011, including airfare for trips in private jets, country club dues and fundraising parties at his residence.
Wait, what? $1.7 million in expenses? More from Bloomberg:
As tuition rose by 3.3 percent at Ohio State in the 2011-2012 school year, and 3.1 percent in 2012-2013, Gee got raises. During his annual review, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees voted Nov. 9 to increase his salary by $25,036 and approved performance compensation of $333,812. In 2011, trustees increased Gee’s salary by $16,363 and allotted him performance compensation of $143,179. Both performance increases came from non-public funds.
Gee’s also enjoys perks not received by other public officials. He lives rent-free in a fully staffed house. He rides private jets, including a $7,191 flight covering the 107 miles (172 kilometers) from Columbus, Ohio, to Cincinnati, according to expense reports obtained by Bloomberg. He billed the university for everything from $2,427 for a cabin upgrade during a 2008 alumni cruise in the Baltics to vitamins. School officials said Gee’s expenses are paid by endowments or other non-public discretionary funds, not by tuition or tax dollars. …
“President Gee is one of the most experienced and respected leaders in higher education, having served as a university president for more than 30 years,” Saunders said in an e-mail. “He has been instrumental in moving Ohio State from an excellent public higher-education institution to the eminent model for what public higher education should be for the state and the nation.”
“Since arriving in 2007, President Gee has helped raise $1.6 billion,” she said. “In addition, he has worked to secure $1 billion in new resources over the past two years and has been recognized as a leader in finding alternative revenue to support students, faculty and staff.”
Gee is undoubtedly worth it. Then again, so is Braxton Miller – and they get him for the cost of in-state tuition and room and board.