KOKOMO, Ind. – There was much laughter and tears as Indiana University Kokomo celebrated the accomplishments and upcoming retirements of 16 staff and faculty members during a special reception Wednesday (June 29).
Surrounded by family members and co-workers, each of the retiring employees was individually recognized by administration for their contributions to the university.
“Today we acknowledge and express our gratitude to 16 individuals who have given many years of service and shown their dedication to this institution,” said Chancellor Michael Harris. “Combined, these individuals have served IU Kokomo a total of 359 years. Today we express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to 16 members of our community who are retiring. Each of you have contributed to the success of IU Kokomo and touched many lives while working here. We wish you many years of health and happiness.”
IU Kokomo employees granted early retirement and the department they work are: Linda Bielewicz, Academic Affairs; Mary Corey, Admissions; Marvagene Cummings, Bursar; Diana Goodnight, Student Services; Fred Hakes, Regional Economic Engagement; Steve Holaday, Computer Services; Bobbi Johnson, Education; Gail Mackay, Library; Rita Martin, Human Resources; Marcia Reynolds, Office of Advancement; Tim Sehr, Planning and Institutional Research; Shirley Sellers, Computer Services; Ed Stipp, Academic Advising; Sandra Diane Stout, School of Business; Suzanne Wright, Physical Plant; and Earl Wysong, Sociology, History and Political Science.
Fourteen of these employees are retiring from their positions this summer as a result of an early retirement incentive offered by IU.
Dan Rives, IU associate vice president for human resources, recently reported a total of 495 employees throughout the university system were approved for the Early Separation Incentive Plan.
The plan is designed to help IU departments reduce salary and benefit expenses, redirect positions to focus on higher priorities, and minimize involuntary reductions in personnel. Overall, the plan is expected to save IU an estimated $6 million annually.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.