Reception for 27 retiring faculty and staff

29th June 2011

NEW ALBANY, IN (June 29, 2011) – With more than 683 combined years between them, 27 members of Indiana University Southeast’s faculty and staff will be saying goodbye between June 30 and Dec. 31, 2011.

The large number of retirements is due in part to Indiana University’s early retirement incentive program instituted this year. 

The university’s early retirement plan is expected to save IU $6 million annually by helping departments reduce personnel expenses.

Out of 2,566 eligible employees across the IU system, 572 individuals applied for the early separation incentive. Of that group, 495 employees were approved, including 22 from IU Southeast.

“In a tough economic climate, University officials are working hard to be good stewards of our financial resources,” said IU Southeast Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-Randles. “While we hate to see qualified staff members leave their positions, offering an early retirement incentive will help us ease some of the financial burden placed upon the University because of cuts in state funding.”

 A retirement reception for those retiring in June, August, and December will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 in the multi-purpose room of University Center at IU Southeast on Wednesday, June 29. 

Those retiring include:

  • Janie Spitznagel, Academic Success, 26 years
  • Bohdan Bochan, Arts and Letters, 28 years
  • Susan Mann, Arts and Letters, 21 years
  • Vickie Meredith, Business, 27 years
  • Rebecca Flowers, Business, 13 years
  • Manuel Tipgos, Business, 20 years
  • Jonathan Rakich, Business, 11 years
  • Brenda Swartz, Business, 21 years
  • Mary Wilson, Bursar, 30 years
  • Jim Kanning, Career Services, 42 years
  • Vickie Hartman, Conference and Catering, 24 years
  • Carolyn Babione, Education, 12 years
  • Lee Morganette, Education, 29 years
  • Trudy Walker, Financial Aid, 25 years
  • Cynthia Stevenson, Financial Aid, 26 years
  • Linda Williams, Human Resources, 26 years
  • Cindy Hayes, Information Technology, 35 years
  • John Petryisan, Information Technology, 19 years
  • Jerry Clemons, Physical Plant, 30 years
  • Bob Shingleton, Physical Plant, 22 years
  • Jan Williamson, Registrar, 26 years
  • Lesley Deal, Social Sciences, 23 years
  • Jim St. Clair, Social Sciences, 24 years
  • Richard Jenks, Social Sciences, 36 years
  • John Newman, Social Sciences, 32 years
  • G. Sam Sloss, Social Sciences, 21 years
  • Paula Sylvester, Student Affairs, 34 years

 “As we consider all employees to be members of the IU Southeast family, we are sad to see them go, but wish them well in their new endeavors,” Patterson-Randles said. “Through it all, our service to students will not change in any way and we will continue to provide the kind of high quality education to which they are accustomed.”