Emeritus Status – Staff


Delta State University recognizes the important contributions that have been made by those staff members who rendered many years of dedicated service before retirement. This policy provides procedures for the nomination of the appointment of emeritus status for staff members at the University. It is intended to honor staff members who have made noteworthy contributions throughout their career at Delta State University. Emeritus status is a privilege and not a right of any retired staff member.


: employee who has retired from active professional duty or assigned duties, but retains the title of the employee’s office or position with the additional title of “emeritus”.



A staff emeritus appointment is based upon an individual retiring in good standing, with a minimum of fifteen (15) years of total service to the University. The employee must have made extraordinary and meritorious contributions and performance to the fulfillment of the mission and programs of 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. The nomination for appointment to staff emeritus status is to be initiated by any individual employee or by a recognized campus group or committee. The nominated employee will submit an updated resume and/or written record of service by the department head from which the staff employee is retiring.

The nominated employee’s supervisor, department head, and/or vice president are responsible for reviewing a possible nomination with the Office of Human Resources to verify eligibility. The nomination must be approved by the employee’s supervisor or department head and vice president.  Appointment to emeritus status is not automatic.

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. New staff emeritus recipients will be recognized at the end of each fiscal year.


Responsible Office and/or Policy Owner: Office of Human Resources






Change/Review/Approval Date:

Revised:  04/01/2014
Approved by Cabinet:  05/08/2014
Reviewed by the Office of Human Resources:  04/29/2019
Approved by Cabinet:  06/03/2019