E. Gordon Gee, JD, EdD

Currently serving for a second time as president of West Virginia University, Dr. E. Gordon Gee has been a leader in higher education for more than three decades. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States. Recently, the website Great Value Colleges named him the nation’s top university president. In addition to his service at West Virginia University, Gee served as president of The Ohio State University (twice), Vanderbilt University, Brown University, and the University of Colorado.

Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. Before starting his career in higher education, he clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and was a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he worked for Chief Justice Warren Burger.

Gee is the co-author of over a dozen books, including his two most recent, “Leading Colleges and Universities” and “Land-Grant Universities for the Future;” he has also authored many papers and articles on law and education. His service on education-governance organizations and commissions is extensive. Gee currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National 4-H Council, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, and Board of Directors of the American Council on Education – the nation’s largest higher education organization. He served as chair of the Big 12 Board of Directors Executive Committee for the 2017-18 year.

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