The Association of Retired Faculty of Mississippi State University (ARF) was organized on July 24, 1986, with 73 charter members. One of the founders, and the first president was Peyton Ward Williams, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English with 37 years of service at MSU. Another founder was Robert E. Wolverton, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs at MSU and director of the first ARF executive board. Other members of the first executive board were: Margaret Estes, vice president; Joe Khatena, secretary; Chuck Aiken, treasurer; and directors William L. Giles (MSU President Emeritus), Edward G. Roberts, Troy Laswell, and Lyell Behr.
Membership in ARF increased from 73 charter members in 1986 to 140 members in 1996. In 2003 the membership totaled 95. During the first 10 years since inception, there were 21 deceased members, including 14 charter members. By 2003, 35 charter members were deceased. Each year written invitations to join ARF are extended to all who are eligible (see bylaws) to join.
ARF's website is hosted and maintained by Mississippi State University Libraries. In 2011, membership remains steady at 130 members.