Officials with Mississippi State University offered an incentive program this year to all faculty members who retired.
Eight staff members did retire from MSU Meridian. In order to qualify, staff had to be active members of the Public Employee's Retirement System. They had to have 25 years of creditable service by June 30, 2010 or be at least 60 years old and have at least four years of creditable service.
Linda Butler was one of the eight who retired.
"It is a bitter sweet time. It's exciting to be embarking on a new phase of my life. But it's also sad to be leaving my Mississippi State University family. Several of those who are retiring have been with Mississippi State for decades now, since we were on the old campus of the old Mississippi State Meridian Campus. So we have played an integral part for the growth of the campus from that small beginning to where it is today and where it is poised for the future," remembers Butler.
Those who took the incentive, received 50% of their annual salary in a lump slum. According to University officials, those eight positions now open may or may not be refilled.