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Vanderbilt Creates Website to Defend Gordon Gee

Magazine article University Business

Vanderbilt Creates Website to Defend Gordon Gee

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A COMPREHENSIVE SPENDING REVIEW, conducted by Vanderbilt University (Tenn.) and the media, revealed some interesting facts: renowned Chancellor Gordon Gee, 62, earns dose to $1.4 million annually; he has spent as much as $700,000 more on parties and a personal chef at his university mansion; the aforementioned mansion, Braeburn, has been renovated to the tune of $6 million since he was hired in 2000; and Gee's wife Constance has reportedly smoked marijuana at the campus residence.

By any stretch, the basic facts raise some eyebrows. The Wall Street Journal covered Gee and a governance review's findings in a feature story about new spending scrutiny in higher education. While Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Michael Schoenfeld is quick to squelch any suggestion of controversy, noting that the university's board is supportive of Gee, it is worth adding that Vanderbilt saw fit to immediately address the Wall Street article with a special website posted at www.vanderbilt. …

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