Updated Mon, Mar 10, 2014 3:23 pm
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved Gordon Gee's appointment as West Virginia University's permanent president.
The commission's decision came Monday during a special meeting in Charleston. The university's Board of Governors had voted last week to amend the search process and name the 70-year-old Gee as president.
Gee was named interim president after Jim Clements left for Clemson last November. Gee also served as WVU's president from 1981 to 1985.
Gee also served two stints as president at Ohio State. He retired from Ohio State in July 2013 after he criticized Roman Catholics, Notre Dame and former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema, who now coaches at Arkanas. The remarks were made in December 2012 to Ohio State's Athletic Council.