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Retirement from WKU

Transitional Retirement Program

General Information

  • Permits reemployment of faculty on a PT basis who retire from FT service
  • Program adopted in 1989
  • Faculty teach a min of 6 and a max of 12 semester hours per FY
  • Maximum period of 5 years
  • Each credit hour taught = 3-1/8% of base salary prior to participation in TRP
  • Retirees could earn up to 37.5% of previous FT salary
  • Participants subject to annual performance review, annual increases based on that review
  • Those accepted in the TRP placed in a special tenured faculty category
  • Upon completion of 5 years, faculty member will be fully retired
  • Faculty candidates for TRP should be given priority for summer teaching assignments the summer before the year of retirement


1. Make a written request to the Dept. Head
2. Dept. Head will forward with a recommendation to the Dean
3. Dean transmits to the Provost/VP Academic Affairs
4. Provost sends to the President those requests that are recommended for funding
5. Final approval by the BOR

KTRS Retirement

  • Faculty entering the TRP will retire from FT employment
  • KTRS retirement effective July 1 or January 1 (same date TRP assignment begins)
  • TRP participant will receive both the KTRS retirement benefit payment and WKU TRP payment monthly

KTRS Retirement Process

  • Contact Human Resources to request KTRS mail you a retirement packet
  • Once you receive the package, schedule a meeting with Denise Cornelius to complete the required information on pages 5 and 6
  • Gather required documentation required by KTRS:
    - Certified Birth Certificate
    - Certified Marriage License
    - Social Security Card
    - Beneficiary Birth Certificate and address information
    - Individuals age 65+ need Medicare Card Part A & B
  • Completed packet due to KTRS one month prior to retirement effective date


Basic TRP Estimator

- Compare income in retirement with TRP against current net income

PATHWAY Member Portal

- Log in to review your account, run retirement estimates, and begin the retirement application process

Download the WKU TRP PowerPoint



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 Last Modified 3/21/19