Chair of Ohio State trustees resigns, cites personal reasons

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The chairman of Ohio State University’s trustees has resigned after nearly seven years on the board, citing “personal and private issues.”

Michael Gasser resigned Friday in a brief email to fellow trustees and university President Michael Drake. Gasser said being a trustee was an honor but that he could no longer commit the time and energy needed for the role.

Gasser’s emailed the following resignation letter to Ohio State:

“Effective immediately, I resign as  a trustee at The Ohio State University I can no longer commit the time and energy needed to adequately perform the functions of a trustee. For this reason and personal and private issues, I submit my resignation. It has been an honor to serve as a trustee for the last 7 years. I thrust (sp) that you will respect my privacy and decision.”

A statement from university spokesman Chris Davey expressed appreciation for Gasser’s service, calling him a valuable board member and wishing him well.

His resignation note made no mention of the most recent news to draw national headlines about the school: the report released a week earlier that found a now-deceased team doctor, Richard Strauss, sexually abused at least 177 male students between 1979 and 1997.

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