Association of Retired Faculty



ARF is most grateful to the MSU Library for including the Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) on the Library website. Every member of ARF was contacted in 2012, and permission was obtained to include all information contained in the 180 retired-faculty-member-strong Membership file at that time. New members since then understand that members’ basic information is on this website. Additionally, 54 members’ biographical sketches are on the website, and 62 members’ pictures in JPEG form. Each menu item contains an ARF emblem, links to the MSU Home, and links to the ARF Home. Each menu item/page contains a “last updated” date and an e-mail link to the ARF webmaster.

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. All former Executive Board Members of ARF are listed (See “Officers and Directors”) on this website.

Membership in ARF increased from 73 charter members in 1986 to 140 members in 1996. In 2003 the membership had dwindled to 95. By 2011, membership was steady at 130. Currently (2015), membership is around 210. Each year written invitations to join ARF are extended to all who are eligible (see the first menu item) to join.

ARF has programs of interest to retired MSU faculty and professionals, an MSU overview program/luncheon usually conducted by the MSU President, and a great Christmas Banquet. Join today!

ARF's website is hosted and maintained by Mississippi State University Libraries. The ARF Webmaster is responsible for the content of the website.

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Summary of Functions for Menu Items
Menu item one explains to prospective members what the qualifications are for ARF membership, and defines dues and contact information needed to become an ARF member.
Menu item two lists Officers and Boards of Directors for ARF since ARF was organized in 1986.
The third gives the composition of all ARF Committees since 2003.
The fourth gives a very brief Historical perspective of ARF.