Emeritus Status – Staff
Delta State University may recognize the outstanding service of staff through the award of the Staff Emeritus status as set forth in this policy.
A Staff Emeritus appointment is based upon meritorious performance at Delta State University, consistent with performance expected of a staff employee with a minimum of fifteen (15) years of total service to the University.
Procedure for Appointment
A staff employee becomes eligible for appointment to emeritus status once the date of their retirement has been formally established. Appointment to emeritus status is not automatic. An appointment to emeritus status can be initiated by:
1. Submission of an updated resume and/or written record of service by the head of the department from which the staff employee is retiring with approval from the reporting Vice President or
2. Submission of a formal request with an updated resume and/or written record of service by an active full-time, regular staff employee to the Chair of Staff Council.
All requests for appointment will be forwarded to the Staff Council Executive Committee for review. A favorable recommendation from the Staff Council Executive Committee will be based on a review of submitted materials and any additional documentation or evidence required by the members. The conclusions made by the members of the Staff Council Executive Committee will serve as recommendations to the President’s Cabinet. The President will make the final decision regarding appointment to Staff Emeritus status.
Benefits of Emeritus Status
Staff Emeritus recipients will receive all privileges provided to a retiree of Delta State University. In addition, the University is encouraged to include holders of the emeritus status in all appropriate activities and functions. Staff Emeritus recipients will be recognized at the end of each fiscal year.