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This article has been previously published online in Academic Leadership Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Summer 2008.


This paper provides a discussion of the issues and challenges that are presented in the recent literature concerning faculty retirement and the impacts this phenomenon has on colleges and universities as well as practical suggestions for administratively planning. Faculty retirement is an issue that has the potential for tremendous impact on institutions of higher education. In the coming decade there will likely be a generational shift in the faculty through retirements and rehiring and this will test many institutions in their efforts to maintain a strong core faculty strength in their curricula, research and service missions not to mention the affects this change with have on institutional governance and culture. It is also important that academic administrators and others involved in leading institutions of higher education consider how retirement should be managed, encouraged, perhaps tactically discouraged and strategically planned for in the present and over the next few decades.

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