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Gordon Gee, American Educator ( February 2, 1944 - )

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I am not a scientist. I have never analyzed the far reaches of the solar system through the lens of a telescope nor scrutinized cancer cells under a microscope.~Gordon Gee


I Am Cancer Solar

To be sure, American higher education is a diverse ecosystem, comprising institutions of all sizes, price tags, and mission statements.~Gordon Gee


Education American Mission

Being president of a major public university is the most political nonpolitical office around.~Gordon Gee


Political Most Office

Intellectual curiosity drove Einstein to some of the world's most important discoveries.~Gordon Gee


Curiosity World Important

A truly great university is a nucleus of artistic expression. It fosters creative, critical thought, and serves as a platform for civil discourse.~Gordon Gee


Great Creative Thought

The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom.~Gordon Gee


Beauty Wisdom Soul

So if a college education is indispensable, the challenge as I see it is how to make it more accessible.~Gordon Gee


Education Challenge

I think we can be competitive on and off the field and create a model where our athletes are scholars and learners, too.~Gordon Gee


Think Create Competitive

I believe we have the best football coach in the country in Urban Meyer. I had the privilege of hiring him, as you know, and I think he is doing fabulous work.~Gordon Gee


Work Best Football

I joke that being a university president is akin to being a pinata. But there are also notions of redemption.~Gordon Gee


Redemption University Joke

Every time I get a lot of money, I cry, and I got a lot of tears left.~Gordon Gee


Time Money Tears

If we make a difference in Ohio, we can make a difference on a national scale.~Gordon Gee


Make A Difference Scale

I did not want to go anywhere where I would be interim.~Gordon Gee


Want Go Where

The strength of the American higher education system is that it is a multifaceted, multi-layered system, and that is what makes us very strong.~Gordon Gee


Education Strength Strong

The universities of the 21st century are going to be the smokestacks of the century.~Gordon Gee


Going Century 21st Century

In tumultuous times, it's important to have a very mature leader.~Gordon Gee


Leader Important Mature

I am trying to prioritize and keep everything in balance, which for me is not easy.~Gordon Gee


Balance I Am Me

When the fabric of the universe becomes unknown, it is the duty of the university to produce weavers.~Gordon Gee


Universe Unknown Duty

Continue to surprise those who would put you in a neat demographic. Be insistently curious.~Gordon Gee


Surprise You Curious

People look at me like I'm crazy when I say that our greatest partnership here at Ohio State should be with the community colleges.~Gordon Gee


Community Greatest People

I am a bit odd. I am somewhat evangelical. But I am not crazy.~Gordon Gee


I Am Crazy Odd

I believe everything learned in college is an answer to a question that someone has posed. Questions get posed differently and the answers that come back transport us to places we never knew existed.~Gordon Gee


College Believe Questions

I often have said that to be a college president, you need a thick skin, a good sense of humor, and nerves like sewer pipes.~Gordon Gee


Good Humor College

As one of the country's largest land-grant universities, Ohio State must play a critical role in moving our country forward.~Gordon Gee


Moving Forward Play

Founded when Abraham Lincoln believed education could lead the nation out of its darkest days, Ohio State now provides a powerful platform of interdisciplinary academic programs, world-class scholars, outstanding students, and extensive research capabilities.~Gordon Gee


Education Powerful Nation

I believe that it is higher education's purpose and calling to keep open the door to the American dream.~Gordon Gee


Education American Dream