Staff Emeritus

Created in 2016, the Staff Emeritus Program recognizes long-time staff contributions to Westminster and strives to maintain connection with staff who have retired from the college. Staff emeritus recipients are honored at an annual staff event—currently the staff retreat each May.

Eligibility

Staff who have at least 15 years of service to Westminster and are qualified for retirement are eligible for staff emeritus. In addition to at least 15 years of service, staff must have a record of support for and commitment to the college as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Contribution to the improvement of Westminster throughout your work
  • A record of service to the college
  • A history of mentoring/supporting other staff
  • Ongoing involvement in campus activities
  • Other support for the Westminster mission and community

Staff Emeritus Program Benefits

  • Institutional ID card
  • Ongoing email communications about Westminster news and events, including What’s Happening at Westminster, Griffin Gazette, and the Westminster Review
  • Recognition as a staff emeritus inductee at the Staff Emeritus Reception to follow the yearly staff retreat
  • Free admission to performing arts, athletic, and other campus events
  • Invitations to major campus activities and functions, such as Reunion Weekend, Silver Tea, inaugurations, and more
  • Library privileges as a community user
  • Free one-year membership to the Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center with the option to continue membership at the regular staff rate
  • Ability to rent campus facilities at the current employee rate
  • Access to the current employee discount at the campus bookstore

Nominating a Staff Member

Supervisors and other staff can nominate anyone who meets the 15 years of service and retirement eligible criteria. The nominator must provide a letter of support that documents how the individual meets the criteria outlined above. 

Staff Emeritus:

  • Donnetta Arnold – Accountant, 22 years of service, left Westminster in 2018
  • Beverly Christy – Director of the Career Resource Center, 21 years of service, left Westminster in 2011
  • Jan Coskey – Senior Accountant, 27 years of service, left Westminster in 2016
  • Barbara Czapla – Office Manager, School of Arts & Sciences; 26 years of service; left Westminster 2005
  • Ginny Dewitt – Associate Director, START Center/Disability Services Coordinator; 21 years of service; left Westminster in 2016
  • Chris Dorich – Men’s Soccer Coach, 26 years of service, left Westminster in 2016
  • Paula Garfield – Senior Administrative Assistant, Administrative Services; 20 years of service; left Westminster in 2010
  • Susan Heath – Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, 34 years of service, left Westminster in 2019.
  • Karen Hendry – Senior Administrative Assistant, Dean of Students/Veteran's Affairs Coordinator; 25 years of service; left Westminster in 2011
  • Al Johansen – Director of Purchasing, 18 years of service, left Westminster in 2015
  • Walter Kortkamp – Maintenance Foreman, 20 years of service, left Westminster in 2016
  • Claudia Marques – Director of Campus Scheduling, 25 years of service, left Westminster in 2006
  • Stephen Morgan – Vice President of Finance and Administration and College President, 37 years of service, left Westminster in 2018
  • Sherrill O’Kelley – Accounts Payable Coordinator, 19 years of service, left Westminster in 2014
  • Rolando Rocha – Maintenance Worker, 18 years of service, left Westminster in 2015
  • Chris Slock – Housekeeper, 23 years of service, left Westminster in 2004
  • Mindy Wennergren – 30 years of service, left Westminster in 2016
  • Richard Wunder – 34 years of service, left Westminster in 2002
  • Dee Yocom – 31 years of service, left Westminster in 2015