PPP-09

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
SECTION:     PPP-09
SUBJECT:     Retirement

Employees contemplating retirement should notify the Office of Human Resources as early as possible prior to the anticipated date of retirement so that retirement estimates and other planning information can be obtained to facilitate the retirement.  
Please visit the Retirement and Benefits webpage for more information.


  • Except as otherwise provided herein, all regular full-time employees of the Tennessee Board of Regents and of institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents shall be members of a state-supported retirement system, subject to the eligibility provisions of T.C.A. § 8-35-101 et seq.

  • Regular part-time employees are eligible to become members of a state-supported retirement system, but such membership is not mandatory.

  • Regular academic, executive, administrative, and professional employees of the Board and institutions shall have the option of becoming members of either the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System or the Board of Regents Optional Retirement Program, pursuant to T.C.A. § 8-35-101 et seq., and policies and guidelines of the Board.
    • Employees who are members of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System are eligible to retire upon attainment of age sixty (60) or upon completion of thirty (30) years of creditable service.
    • Employees who are members of the optional retirement program may retire at any time permissible under the provisions of the annuity contracts purchased from the designated carrier of the program.

  • Any person who has served as the president of an institution under the Board of Regents for a period of not less than ten (10) years and has attained the age of sixty (60) while being employed by the Board may, upon approval of the Board, be retired as President Emeritus of the institution where he/she served a minimum of ten (10) years.
    • For presidents hired after September 1, 2002, this will be an honorary title earned through service with no material benefit other than the honor associated with its granting.
    • Only for presidents hired prior to September 2002, an annual salary of twenty percent (20%) of his/her last year’s salary, exclusive of perquisites, may be paid monthly from institution appropriations subject to the terms and conditions of T.C.A. § 8-36-714.

  • For either retirement system (TCRS or ORP), the limit to employer contributions made on behalf of employees employed after July 1, 1996 is $210,000.

  • There is no contribution limit for employees employed before July 1, 1996.
    • Additionally, for employees enrolled in the ORP, there is also an annual aggregate contribution limit for contributions to the ORP and 401(k). This limit is defined on an annual basis.

Source:  Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Personnel Policy No. 5:01:03:00.