SUBJECT: Voluntary Phased Retirement
DESCRIPTION: At its February 18, 1998 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the voluntary phased retirement plan under which 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 work load 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 Kansas Board of Regents state educational system.
Dr. William Langdon, Associate Professor in the Department of International Studies, and Director of International Programs has requested a phased retirement program for a period of two years beginning in the 2000-2001 academic year. Dr. Langdon will remain as Director of International Programs, a half-time position, and retire from teaching. Dr. Langdon has built up our international student enrollment to over 200 students annually. In addition, under Dr. Langdon's leadership we have substantially increased the number of students studying abroad, the number of faculty exchanges, and the number of exchange programs. This phased retirement period will allow for a smooth transition that will keep these programs thriving. For these reasons, the Administration has concluded that this is in the best interest of the University to grant the request.
The remainder of Dr. Langdon's salary is sufficient to hire a beginning Assistant Professor of German and French. Since foreign language is now a requirement of all B.A. degrees, we anticipate another two classes will be needed to cover the necessary enrollment.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: No additional general fund dollars are required; nominal increase in employee benefit contribution funds to provide fringe benefits for the new Assistant Professor in the department.
RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends approval of the attached two-year voluntary phased retirement agreement for Dr. Langdon as a half-time (.50) 12 month faculty appointment.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President