Ohio State pays big for Gee’s bow ties
Most college president have the same list of expenses. Travel. Luxury Hotels. Fancy dinners. Lavish parties. Entertainment.
And then there’s Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee.
The most-famous wearer of bow ties in college athletics has spent more than $64,000 on his neckwear and related items since the fall of 2007.
The revelation is part of a story by The Dayton Daily News that documents Gee’s expenditures of $7.7 million during that time.
What are the related items Ohio State spends on? They include cookies in the shape of a bow tie and O-H and bow tie pins that are distributed to students and others.
“It’s a nice icebreaker. The freshmen show up on campus and President Gee hands them a cookie. They love it. The students love it,” Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch told The Daily News.
Students, however, may not love to hear that while their fees have gone up 13.6% in the past five years, Gee has been busy filling out his closet.
In fact, they might be fit to be (bow) tied.