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Gordon Gee visits the West Side Market

Gordon Gee visits the West Side Market

(Cleveland) - Outgoing Ohio State president Gordon Gee is visiting Cleveland, touring several sites around town, and meeting with alumni.

His first stop was the West Side Market where he was welcomed like a rock star. Dr Gee mingled with supporters, gave out handshakes, hugs, and posed for pictures.

Gee told Newsradio WTAM 1100 he's impressed with Cleveland's economic rebound, and admits it's going to take some adjustment to get used to being retired. Gee acknowledges that his announced retirement did come quickly, but says he needs to spend more time with myself, and his family.

Gee plans to stay engaged with OSU working out of the law school.

Among those welcoming Gee to the West Side Market was Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman called who him an outstanding leader who got things done.

On March 11, 2013, Ohio State University trustees sent Gee a letter complaining that he had embarrassed the school over insensitive public comments made in 2012 about the University of Notre Dame, Roman Catholics, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and the Southeastern Conference.

The letter laid out the steps Gee must take, which included issuing personal apologies and obtaining professional help to improve personal communications and speech writing processes.

Shortly thereafter, the full text of Gee's remarks became public, and it was revealed that during the same speech, he had also taken digs at former Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema, saying "[Wisconsin athletic director] Barry Alvarez thought he was a thug."

Gee released an official apology and called his words a poor attempt at humor.

On June 4, 2013, Gee announced his retirement. In a news release, he said, "After much deliberation, I have decided it is now time for me to turn over the reins of leadership to allow the seeds that we have planted to grow. It is also time for me to reenergize and refocus myself.”

(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)

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