Gee slated to speak at CSU fall graduation

By Jamia Richardson

Dec. 11, 2017

Cleveland State University announced on Nov. 20 that E. Gordon Gee, the president of West Virginia State University, will be the fall 2017 commencement speaker.

The former president of The Ohio State University, Gee will speak on higher education during his address.

“Each commencement CSU seeks to select an individual who will be able to provide useful insights and advice to our new graduates, which can assist them as they begin their career journeys,” said William Dube, director of communications and media relations at the university.

“CSU also looks for a person whose personal and professional experience can serve as an inspiration,” he said. Starting his career in higher learning at the age of 36, Gee is among the youngest university chief executives in the nation and has led a host of universities in the United States, including the University of Colorado, Brown University, and Vanderbilt University.

As his name is more commonly associated with The Ohio State University, some might ask about Gee’s relationship with Cleveland State.

“Dr. Gee is also very familiar with Cleveland State and the Cleveland region due to his years of service at OSU and has a unique perspective on public higher education in Ohio that will be interesting and illuminating to our graduates,” Dube said.

Gee will receive an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony, on Dec. 17 in the Wolstein Center.



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