Although a project has been proposed to create a new office in Page Hall for former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee, Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Schottenstein said Wednesday no final decision has been made on Gee’s future office.
Schottenstein denied reports that the $190,000 renovation project had been approved, according to the Associated Press.
He said the university’s goal is to find an existing office for Gee to use, according to AP.
The Page Hall renovation plans detail the enclosure of an open corridor space to create a suite with an existing, adjacent office, OSU spokesman Gary Lewis said in an email July 10.
The project would begin Aug. 1 and be completed by late September or early October, Lewis said in the email, but the plan has not been finalized yet.
“The Page Hall renovation project has been discussed and remains in the proposal stages,” Lewis said in an email Wednesday.
Gee’s current office is in South Campus Gateway.
Gee announced his retirement June 4, effective July 1. Former executive vice president and provost Joseph Alutto has assumed the role of interim president.
Gee became president of OSU in October 2007 but previously served as university president from 1990-1997.
Gee is serving as president emeritus, continuing as a tenured professor at OSU Moritz College of Law and continuing research on 21st century education policy post-retirement, according to a retention agreement Gee signed Monday with OSU.