Ohio State president Gordon Gee is not only the highest-paid president president of a domestic, public university, but his expenses reportedly total just as much as his $8.6 million in salary.
The Dayton Daily News reports that The Ohio State University has allocated roughly $7.7 million for Gee “to travel the globe, throw parties, wine and dine donors, woo prospective faculty, hang out with students and staff and maintain a 9,600-square-foot mansion on 1.3 acres.” The report adds that the university spends “tens of thousands” of dollars alone branding the University’s president via his bow tie. Since 2007, Ohio State has spent more than $64,000 on bow ties, bow tie cookies and O-H and bow tie pins for Gee and others to distribute.
Gee’s discretionary spending — a category that allegedly includes everything from foreign trips to tailgates before home football games — has far surpassed that of both William Kirwan and Holbrook, his predecessors. Under Gee, discretionary spending leapt a reported 68.5 percent over what Holbrook had been averaging during her five-year tenure.
Per the Daily News, Gee did not make himself available for an interview.