UNC-Chapel Hill Retired Faculty Association

About the UNC Retired Faculty Association

Organizational History (Provided by Bobbie Boyd Lubker):

The UNC-CH Retired Faculty Association (RFA) was organized in 1986 to help retired faculty maintain meaningful ties through service and other continuing contributions to the academic community. Dorothy Talbot (Public Health) was first president. Other officers were vice president, Paul Munson (Pharmacology); secretary, Maurice Whittinghill (Zoology) and treasurer, Lloyd Yonce. Yonce served as treasurer for 22 years until the spring of 2008, providing continuity and an important source of institutional memory for the Association.

A copy of the RFA first directory is in the Association’s file in University Archives. A list of officers for each year since 1986 appears in the Association’s Web page and in the archives.

In recent years, the Association has launched a campaign to increase the organization’s visibility and to advocate for retired faculty roles in continuing service to the University. Activities have included jury duty in the School of Law, archives and Web page development, and expansion of membership categories.

In the autumn of 2006, RFA joined an international group, the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE). A member of the UNC-CH RFA was elected to the AROHE Board of Directors.

In 2007, UNC-CH RFA officers contacted Erskine Bowles, President of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, to seek help in identifying commonalities and differences among retired faculty needs and interests across the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina System. President Bowles assigned Harold Martin, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, to facilitate data collection, discussions and actions on retiree roles and participation throughout the system. A pioneering tri-campus group of faculty retirees from North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and UNC-CH met with Martin at the General Administration Building in May, 2008, to lay the foundation for collaboration among faculty retirees and administrators throughout the University System. UNC-CH RFA officers continue as major participants in these activities.

2009-10 Summary of Accomplishments (Provided by Andrew Dobelstein):

DobelsteinFor the past year the officers of our UNC-CH Retired Faculty Association have been working to stabilize the association in order to improve our relationship with the UNC campus and to provide assistance to retired faculty who wish to continue a productive involvement with the university. We are pleased to inform the membership of the progress we have made and the efforts we expect to undertake in the coming year.

Conclusion: Our Retired Faculty Association has moved ahead to establish a stronger base that will begin to provide greater benefits to retired faculty in the coming year. Now all we need is an increase in paid-up members. Our strength is in the number of retired faculty, and our financial security depends on those retired faculty who become active members by paying the modest annual dues of $20. If you have not paid your dues, please do so to help your RFA continue to move ahead in serving you with these initiatives.

2010-11 Goals

The RFA Executive Committee has set forth a list of ambitious goals for the 2010-11 year, which you are invited to review here.