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Ohio State University president says he's quitting

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee says he will retire on July 1, following a series of verbal gaffes that he said were meant as harmless jokes but ended up embarrassing the university. The Columbus Dispatch says Gee's decision comes after a week of apologizing to people he offended with jokes about Catholics, other universities and a rival athletic conference. Gee, 69, has served as Ohio State’s president for two terms, from 1990 to 1997 and since 2007.

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