This week, he abruptly resigned, saying he had been considering retirement for a while.
Gee, 69, had served as president of WVU, the University of Colorado, Brown and Vanderbilt before serving as president of Ohio State from 1990 to 1997. He returned to that post in 2007.
This was the man Time magazine named the country's best college president in 2010.
Institutions of higher learning have given Gee a lot of rope over the years because he was a spectacularly good fund-raiser.
But Schottenstein got the tone right here. Universities, if they wish to be taken seriously, can't afford clownish presidents.
Money isn't everything - even in higher education.