Lebanon Valley College has offered a voluntary early retirement program for the second time in 25 years, and eight faculty members are participating.
"Voluntary early retirement programs have been offered, and even initiated by the faculty themselves, at many U.S. institutions of higher education," a news release said. "For example, Dickinson College has offered this benefit twice in recent years. These programs provide excellent opportunities for participating faculty to continue their personal and professional relationships with the college. It will also benefit the college’s strategic planning process, granting flexibility in program development and the evaluation of student demand."
Twenty-one faculty members were eligible for the program, and the eight retiring will continue teaching full time through the fall 2014 semester, with some continuing beyond in part-time, adjunct roles.
"This extended transitional period will enable the eventual retirees to mentor their departmental colleagues, extending a long-time college tradition," the release said.
The listed retirees are as follows.
• Jean-Marc Braem, associate professor of French
• Elizabeth French, assistant professor of education
• Mark L. Mecham, chairman and Clark and Edna Carmean Distinguished Professor of Music
• Owen A. Moe, Vernon and Doris Bishop Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
• Victoria Rose, assistant professor of music
• Dr. David V. Rudd, Eugene C. Fish Distinguished Chair of Business and professor of business administration
• Gail A. Sanderson, professor of accounting
• Thomas M. Strohman, ’75, professor of music.
“Generations of successful LVC graduates, and current students, have been positively influenced by these outstanding teachers, mentors, and educational leaders,” said Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, president of LVC. “I look forward to their continued strong relationship with the college, our students, and alumni.”