"We brought a billion-dollar organization a trillion-dollar man," Dailey said.
Clements said Tuesday that Gee is a good leader who shows passion for the university's land-grant mission.
"He brings a wealth of experience that will help him continue the very positive trajectory the university is on," Clements said.
Gee said one of the things he wants to accomplish is to unite the university's many campuses into one unified campus. He said officials on the Health Sciences campus rarely meet with officials at the Engineering campus, for example.
WVU Provost Michele Wheatly said she's looking forward to working with Gee during the transition to a permanent president.
"He has led some very prestigious academic institutions and brings a great deal of knowledge and experience with him," Wheatly said.
Few students interviewed Tuesday were aware of Gee's appointment. WVU Student Government President Ryan Campione said that probably would change once Gee becomes more visible on campus.
"Student government is eager to work with him to continue the recent positive momentum within the university," Campione said.
Gee spent Tuesday afternoon meeting with the BOG and faculty who came to his news conference. He smiled and said he's most excited about meeting more students.
"The students, I love," Gee said. "They keep me young -- and sometimes, I keep them young."
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