THE WEST Virginia University’s Board of Governors know a good thing when they see one.
Why else would it opt to elevate E. Gordon Gee from interim status to full-time president? It also marks the second time Gee will man the Morgantown-based post.
His appointment still needs the blessing of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. That should be a mere formality, as he received unanimous support from that policy panel.
Gee was named WVU’s interim president last December after then-president Jim Clements headed south to take over at Clemson. Gee was not a candidate for the full-time job at that point, but his hiring comes as no surprise.
Success and Gee are intertwined. His collegiate leadership resume is a virtual road-map of achievement.
In addition to his previous presidency at WVU, the bow-tied sporting Gee also held similar positions at The Ohio State University (twice, Vanderbilt, Colorado and Brown. He also served as the dean of the WVU College of Law from 1979-1981.
Such a resume speaks volumes of Gee’s attributes.
The colorful 70-year-old has a great knack of raising institutional money. He is a virtual cash cow for the school he oversees.
Gee does not become WVU’s 24th president without some warts. His last tour of duty at Ohio State ended prematurely. The parting of the ways came about after Gee made disparaging remarks about Roman Catholics, Notre Dame and Wisconsin’s former football coach.
The comments were ill-advised and costly to Gee’s Scarlet & Gray lifespan.
We believe Gee has learned his lesson of misspeaking.
That being the case, West Virginia University made a prudent presidential pick.