Agenda Item V. A. 2. e.



Washburn University Board of Regents





SUBJECT: Voluntary Phased Retirement: Dr. Marie-Luce Parker



DESCRIPTION: At its November 8, 2000 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the renewal of the voluntary phased retirement plan originally approved on February 18, 1998. Under this plan, employees meeting applicable criteria could apply for, and receive if deemed in the best interests of the University, voluntary phased retirement from the University. Under the program approved, the successful applicant would receive a reduced workload for the term of the agreement, but continue receiving employee benefits as though she or he were a full-time employee of the University. The program at Washburn University is similar to that of the state educational institutions.



Dr. Marie-Luce Parker, a Professor in the Department of Modern Languages, has requested a phased retirement program for the academic years 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08, effective August 1, 2005. Dr. Parker's appointment will be full time each spring term and half time each fall term, thus 75% annually.



Phased retirement will offer several benefits to the institution. First, it will allow for a smooth transition of leadership in this rapidly growing department, since Dr. Parker has been serving as chair. Second, the Department of Modern Languages has only a very few faculty members in tenure-line positions. A phased retirement will preserve the benefit of Dr. Parker's great experience and afford time for some of the junior faculty to get farther along in the tenure-track. Third, the institution will reap some salary savings, as outlined below.



Currently, four faculty members are on phased retirement.

FACULTY DEPARTMENT STARTED COMPLETION

Professor Loretta Moore School of Law Spring 2003 Spring 2005

Professor Tom Wolf Biology Fall 2004 Spring 2006

Assoc Professor Betty Cole Biology Fall 2005 Spring 2006

Professor Ron Evans Psychology Fall 2005 Spring 2008



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: The cost of hiring additional language teachers to replace lost instruction will be covered by salary savings from Dr. Parker's phased retirement. The savings of the three-year phased retirement will be approximately $48,933.



RECOMMENDATION:



President Farley recommends that the Board of Regents approve this voluntary phased retirement request.



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date Jerry B. Farley, President


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