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OSU Trustees Put Gee's New Office Plans on Hold
COLUMBUS (Brooks Jarosz/Ken Hines) -- A plush pad for former Ohio State University President Gordon Gee has been put on hold.
Ohio State Trustee chairman Bobby Shottenstein rejected reports on Wednesday that school officials would pay $190,000 to construct new office space.
Gee retired from his role as OSU president in early July, 2013, and now serves as a faculty member with the school's Moritz College of Law, as well as the university's president emeritus.
Schottenstein said officials will find a suitable office for Gee, with an emphasis placed on the use of existing space within the university.
ABC 6 Investigators obtained design plans on Wednesday budgeting $190,000 for the renovation and construction of a new office for Gee in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
The proposal includes the addition and removal of walls, as well as the additions of a glass partition, and new paint, furniture, and carpet. The space would be broken into three separate offices, according to the design plan.
No funding source for the office has been identified, and a spokesperson said nothing has been finalized.
Gee and his assistant are temporarily using space at 1590 North High St., and would like to move to Page Hall as soon as possible, according to the proposal.