July 13, 2007

Gee to step down as VU chancellor

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Gordon Gee

Gordon Gee will leave after seven years as Vanderbilt University's chancellor to return to The Ohio State University as president, a position he held from 1990 to 1997.

His resignation is effective Aug. 1.

“This was by far the most difficult professional decision that I have ever made,” said Gee in an e-mail message to the Vanderbilt community.

“I want you to know that I am not leaving Vanderbilt. Rather, I am following my heart and returning to a place that I consider my home.”

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trust will meet soon to begin the transition process.

Gee came to Vanderbilt in 2000 as the seventh chancellor in the university's 134-year history.

He previously served as president of Brown University, Ohio State, the University of Colorado and West Virginia University.